New Delhi, Nov 6: The Government of India has submitted a list of 550 plus pilgrims, including the likes of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, to Pakistan government for November 9 maiden travel of first batch of pilgrims to Kartarpur.
However, according to sources here, there is no clarity yet on whether former cricketer-turned-politician and Congress leader Navjyot Singh Sidhu would be going.
".....If his name is among 550 plus submitted coinciding with the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji, he does not need political clearance.....Otherwise every individual politicians would need political clearance even to travel to Nepal," a source said. Mr Sidhu, a former Punjab Minister and who quit the government over his differences with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, has approached the Ministry of External Affairs for the necessary clearance.
Mr Sidhu has been invited by Pakistan Prime Minister and also a former cricketer Imran Khan to attend the November 9 inaugural function. Meanwhile, government sources said 'concerns' about security and protocol related to VVIPs such as Manmohan Singh and Capt Amarinder Singh has been raised with Pakistan. "We are yet to get any response yet....," the source said. (UNI)