Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu reached Pakistan to attend the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor on Tuesday noon. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will be present at the event.
India commemorated the tenth anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attack on Monday.
Sidhu entered the Pakistan border at noon and was seen posing with Pakistani Rangers. He spoke about the criticism he faced at home for his decision to visit the neighbouring country. He said that he will take all criticisms and will forgive those who criticise him. He also said his visit will build the relationship between the two countries.
"This will build our relationship. This is a time to spread love and happiness only. I am indebted to both governments for this initiative. Let us spread the message of peace and those who want credit for this , they are discrediting themselves only. Punjab has suffered a lot, now it is time to heal our wounds.
I will walk on thorns for Baba Nanak. I will take all the criticisms and I am forgiving towards everyone who criticises me. You called it the corridor of peace... I call it corridor of immense possibility. Cricket is also included in it.
Everyone will be happy with this initiative."
The Punjab minister had accepted the invitation from Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday. He said that he was accepting the invitation with 'unalloyed joy'.
“As our two nations take this first step, the Kartarpur Spirit can make pilgrims of us all, venturing out on a journey that breaks the barriers of history and opens the borders of the heart and the mind. A journey that our people can walk together towards, a future of shared peace and prosperity for India and Pakistan,” Sidhu’s acceptance letter.
He also courted criticism when he hugged Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa during Imran Khan's swearing-in ceremony as Pakistan Prime Minister. Sidhu later credited this interaction for the development of Kartarpur Corridor Development.