New Delhi, Nov 23: Controversial Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has got another invite from Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Last time when Sidhu went to Pakistan, he had created a controversy by hugging Pak Army Chief. Now again, India will be closely watching what Sidhu does. The invite is for the groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpura corridor, which will take place on November 28. While Imran will lay the foundation on the Pakistan side on Nov 28, in India Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and President Ram Nath Kovind will do the honours on Nov 26.Kartarpura Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district."Happy to share that I'll be joining President Ram Nath Kovind ji in laying foundation stone for Kartarpur Corridor to International Border at Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur, on November 26. It will be a great moment indeed for all devotees of Sri Guru Nanak Dev," Amarinder tweeted.The Union Cabinet on Thursday decided to develop the corridor from Gurdaspur in Punjab to the International Border (IB) to facilitate the passage of pilgrims to the Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara in Pakistan as part of the 550th birth annversary celebrations of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, next year.However, the Centre clarified that India's decision was not in response to any proposal from Pakistan.The resolution was passed after many weeks of internal consultations and preparations within the government.The gurdwara is significant for the Sikh community since Guru Nanak Dev spent 18 years of his life in Kartarpur till he died in 1539.It is located around 2 km from the IB between both countries and can be seen from the Indian side.Pakistan welcomed India's decision to build a corridor from Punjab to Pakistan's Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, the final resting place of Guru Nanak.Calling the Indian cabinet decision a victory for the peace lobby in both countries, Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry said New Delhi's move was an endorsement of Islamabad's proposition on the issue."It is a step in the right direction and we hope such steps will encourage voice of reason and tranquility on both sides of the border," Chaudhry tweeted.Foreign Minister Shahd Mehmood Qureshi had informed that Imran will lay the foundation stone for Kartarpur corridor on November 28. The corridor's opening will form part of Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary celebrations. "We welcome the Sikh community to Pakistan for this auspicious occasion," the Minister added.Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, which is three kilometres from the India-Pakistan border, is the final resting place of Guru Nanak, who founded Sikhism.
News24 Bureau/ IANS