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Today marks a pilgrimage away from the hate of politics, says Navjot Sidhu

Today marks a pilgrimage away from the hate of politics, says Navjot Sidhu

Prime Minister Imran Khan, will on Wednesday, establish the framework stone for Kartarpur hallway, which will facilitate the visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pioneers to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had on Monday established the foundation stone of a road, from Dera Baba Nanak town in Punjab's Gurdaspur region, which will interface the Kartarpur Corridor.

India had proposed the corridor to Pakistan around 20 years back. The issue as of late came into focus after Sidhu visited Pakistan in August to go to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Imran Khan as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

A week ago, Pakistan and India declared that they would build up the corridor on their separate side of the border to enable Indian pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

In the midst of the debate over Punjab minister Navjot Sidhu's visit to Pakistan for Kartarpur corridor's foundation laying ceremony, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said he had requested that Sidhu re-examine his choice to go to Pakistan.

Amarinder addressed to the media on Tuesday, "I had requested that Sidhu rethink his choice to go to Pakistan for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor, but had agreed to his (Sidhu's) request for authorization to go since I did not believe in stopping anybody from undertaking an individual visit.”

Navjot Sidhu, had on Monday defended his choice to go to Pakistan saying he had the "chief minister’s permission."

Sidhu, in the wake of reaching Pakistan for the foundation laying ceremony of Kartarpur passage, stated, "Today denotes a journey far from the detest and greed of politics and towards a relationship based upon the dreams, aspirations and spiritual quest of the common folks. Today denotes the initial move towards a people's foreign policy."

Former Jammu-Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti said on Wednesday that Kartarpur is an example of how religion can unite two individuals, encouraging Delhi and Pakistan to encourage Sharda Peeth journey for Kashmiris. Indeed, even as Pakistan leader Imran Khan is planned to lay the foundation stone for Kartarpur, speculations are overflowing that he may discuss ties with India at the ceremony.

India-Pakistan ties nose-dived a plunge in recent years with no bilateral talks occurring. The ties between the two nations stressed after the terror attacks by Pakistan-based groups in 2016. Pakistan had invited EAM Sushma Swaraj, who expressed gratitude towards her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi for the invite and said she was not able to travel to Kartarpur Sahib due to prior commitments.