Pakistan government’s strategy about facilitating Sikhs yatrees at Kartarpur border leaves Indian government and media high and dry. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan wins laurels from all over the world
Corporate Ambassador/Kartarpur (Narowal): Prime Minister Imran Khan today inaugurated the stone-laying ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor that won hearts of millions of Sikhs all across the world while Pakistanis also appreciated this goodwill gesture.
Kartarpur corridor would facilitate thousands of the followers of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji, who is buried at Kartarpur, a border point between Pakistan and India. The birth place of the spiritual leader of Sikhs, Baba Guru Nanak is located in Nankana Sahib near Lahore. Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu openly stated that PM Imran Khan has resolved the long-standing issues of Sikhs that remained unresolved for 71 years.
“Mera Yaar, Mera Dildar Imran Khan” (My Friend, My Favorite Khan) had done a great favor for the Sikh community today _ a statement of Sidhu that proved embarassing for the Hindu fundamentalists and extremists.
A large number of Sikh yatris ─ both local and Indian ─ along with Indian Minister for Food Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Minister for Housing Hardeep S. Puri, Indian Punjab Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Museums Navjot Singh Sidhu, and Indian journalists and foreign diplomats attended the ceremony.
Sikhs were demanding the opening of Kartarpur borders since partition, but Prime Minister Imran Khan materilised this dream of Sikhs. On the invitation of Pakistan government, Indian former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu and some other Sikhs also participated in this wonderful ceremony. Tears also roll down from the eyes of some Sikhs participants who witnessed the corridor’s foundation-stone laying ceremony with great happiness. Kartarpur border will be functional from 2019 and Sikh Yatrees will be allowed visa-free entry to pay homage to their spiritual leader, Baba Guru Nanak, who is respected the world over.
Top civil and military leaders – including General Qamar Javed Bajwa – foreign diplomats and a large number of Sikh pilgrims turned up at the groundbreaking ceremony where popular Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and Union Ministers Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal were also present.
Prime Minister Imran Khan flanked by the Indian guests unveiled the plague as Harsimrat Kaur sprinkled Amrat Jal, holy water from the Golden Temple shrine, on the foundation amid applause of a euphoric crowd. Prime minister Khan called for improvements in trade and other cross-border interaction with India and urged ending poverty through cooperation.
He said Kashmir is the only dispute between the two countries which could be resolved, as there is not a single issue under the sun which could not be amicably settled.
Premier Imran stressed upon the Indian leadership to exhibit its ability to take decisions. “A genuine leadership could move ahead if it had dreams and strong resolve to achieve them,” he added. He said both Pakistan and India are nuclear-armed nations, so war is not a possibility between them.