Dawn of Hope: Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal leave for Pakistan to attend Kartarpur Corridor foundation stone laying ceremony

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Nov 28: Union Ministers Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal leave for Pakistan to attend Kartarpur Corridor foundation stone laying ceremony."I feel extremely grateful and privileged to be able to make this pilgrimage. This was a long-standing demand of the Sikh community. Express gratitude also to Pakistan government," said Union Minister Hardeep Puri before leaving for Pakistan for Kartarpur Corridor  foundation stone laying ceremony.Earlier Punjab Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said, "The Kartarpur Corridor would promote peace and erase "enmity" between India and Pakistan and create infinite possibilities between them, including the resumption of cricket ties."

Know all about the Kartarpur Corridor: It heralds a new chapter in India-Pakistan tiesThe 4-km-long corridor will connect Dera Baba Nanak in India's Gurdaspur district with Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib Narowal in Pakistan. The corridor will provide visa-free access to the Indian Sikh pilgrims to the gurdwaraPrime Minister Imran Khan will perform the groundbreaking of the corridor on Wednesday.Sidhu thanked Khan for making this corridor possible which he said will help promote peace between the two countries.Sidhu is seen an ambassador of peace by some, being criticised by others

"The seed Imran Khan had sown three months ago has become a plant. It is a happy moment for the Sikh community that the corridor to reach Kartarpur to get Baba Guru Nanak's blessing without any hassle," Sidhu told the media.He said the wait of 71 years is over after the opening of the corridor."The Karturpur Corridor will prove to be a path of peace,? Sidhu addedHe termed it as a "corridor of infinite possibilities" and said through such initiatives, peace would be promoted (between the two countries)"There are numerous artistes and cricketers in both the countries whom everyone loves and there need to be cricket matches between India and Pakistan," he saidThe former cricketer said the Katarpur Corridor would create infinite possibilities between the two neighbours including the resumption of cricket ties"I want to avoid conflicts - religion should not been seen through the lens of politics. There is no rule in the world that prevents religious devotees to visit places of worship," the former Indian cricketer-turned-politician said"I congratulate Pakistan and India for providing the facility to Sikhs after 71 years," he said.Responding to a question regarding criticism of his decision to visit Pakistan in August to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Imran Khan, Sidhu said, "I forgive those who criticised me.""I have been a fan of Imran Khan since I was a child," Sidhu said as he joked and recited verses in Punjabi"There are many fans of Imran, Wasim Akram and Javed Miandad in India, similarly in Pakistan Shah Rukh and Salman Khan have a huge fan following."Kartarpur is located in Shakargarh in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province. It is said that Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, had spent more than 18 years of his life there. The Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is located on the banks of the Ravi River, about three-four kilometres from the border in PakistanOn Monday, Indian Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Indian Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh laid the foundation stone of the corridor in Gurdaspur.