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Navjot Singh Sidhu bats for commerce, ‘new friendship chapter’ between India & Pak as he visits Kartarpur | India Information

NEW DELHI: Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday provided prayers on the revered Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. He pressured on “opening of a brand new friendship chapter” and commerce between India and Pakistan.
“Within the identify of Baba Guru Nanak, a brand new chapter of friendship between the 2 nations ought to start,” Sidhu stated upon his arrival on the Kartarpur Sahib.
This comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led authorities determined to re-open the visa-free Kartarpur hall for Sikh pilgrims from November 17.
“After the World wars through which thousands and thousands of individuals misplaced their lives, if Europe can open borders on one-visa, has one passport and one foreign money, why not on this area of ours the place we’ve figures like Bhagat Singh and Maharaja Ranjeet Singh who’re revered by everybody?” Sidhu requested.
The cricketer-turned politician stated he desires mutual love between India and Pakistan. “There’s a have to open home windows within the partitions erected in 74 years (between India and Pakistan),” he stated, stressing on opening of commerce between the 2 nations.
“I request that if you wish to change Punjab’s life, we should always open the borders (for cross-border commerce). Why ought to we undergo Mundra Port, a complete of 2100 kms? Why not from right here, the place it is solely 21 kms (to Pakistan),” Sidhu stated.
The Kartarpur Hall hyperlinks Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the ultimate resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district. The 4 km-long hall gives visa free entry to Indian Sikh pilgrims to go to the Darbar Sahib.
Pilgrimage to the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara was suspended in March final 12 months due of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Punjab Congress chief additionally thanked Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan for taking a step to open the hall.
“I’m grateful to PM (Imran Khan) for taking step one and on the opposite aspect (India) responded with two steps. I had already stated that these favouring the ‘laanga’ (hall) would have blessings and people opposing it had no worth,” he stated.
When Kartarpur Hall Venture Administration Unit CEO Muhammad Latif welcomed the previous Check cricketer on the zero level and prolonged greatest needs to him and his delegation on behalf of the prime minister, Sidhu stated, “Imran Khan is my elder brother. I’m vastly honoured. He (Khan) gave us loads of love.”
He visited the complicated and in addition provided spiritual rituals. Sidhu and his delegation members had been provided ‘langar’ (meals) constructed from the wheat and greens of the fields, which Guru Nanak Dev used to take care of.
Based on Latif, over 300 Indian Sikhs visited the Kartarpur Sahib on Saturday – the fourth day of the reopening of the route which was suspended for about 20 months following Covid.
Earlier this week, Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi together with 37 others, together with his cupboard ministers, and Jagir Kaur, president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), had visited the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.
In November 2019, Imran Khan had formally inaugurated the Kartarpur Hall as a part of commemoration of the 550th delivery anniversary of Guru Nanak at a vibrant ceremony, paving the best way for Indian Sikh pilgrims to go to one in every of their faith’s holiest websites in Pakistan with no need a visa.
– With company inputs

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