Former Congress leader and Navjot Singh Sidhu's wife Navjot Kaur on Saturday said her husband would definitely go to Pakistan to attend the inaugural ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor if he gets Centre's permission for it. Talking to media persons, she said Sidhu was keen to pay obeisance at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan.
She said, "He (Sidhu) wanted to go to Kartarpur Corridor from the start. But when he got an invitation, and the first program in the invitation starts from 11. He has sought permission to leave early, because possibly the jatha that goes from here could be late. If he's allowed to leave at 9, it would be great because the program is an invite from Imran (Khan). In case, if the jatha is leaving late, then let him go a day before. He wants to live, sleep in Gurudwara Sahib and will attend the program next day. We didn't want to go there with a political mood."
Sidhu has been invited by Imran Khan-led Pakistan government to attend the inaugural ceremony of the landmark Kartarpur Corridor which will be opened for pilgrims on November 9. "My husband has sought permission from the government of India to visit Pakistan," Navjot Kaur Sidhu said. When asked about her visit to Kartarpur, she said, "I will definitely go to Pakistan through the Kartarpur corridor along with the people of Amritsar East constituency."
After being extended an official invitation from the Pakistan government to attend the inauguration ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor, Sidhu, on Wednesday has yet again written to the External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar requesting permission to attend the inaugural ceremony. Stating that the program is 'crystal clear' he has asked permission to cross over the border at 9:30 AM on 9 November, prior to the ceremony. He stated that he wished to meditate at the Gurudwara prior to the ceremony.
On October 24, India and Pakistan signed a landmark agreement to operationalise the historic Kartarpur Corridor to allow Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the holy Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. The corridor will be opened by Pakistan on November 9. Both the countries have also decided that the corridor will be operational throughout the year and seven days a week and that pilgrims will have a choice to visit it as individuals or in groups. Pakistan has finally waived the $ 20 service fee per pilgrim on Friday, after facing severe criticism for not doing so. But, Pakistan is yet to approve the complete list of the pilgrims to visit Kartarpur on November 9.
(With PTI inputs)