Sidhu writes for MEA permission to visit Pakistan for Kartarpur Ceremony

Sidhu writes for MEA permission to visit Pakistan for Kartarpur Ceremony

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Former Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday once again sought permission from the External Affairs Ministry to participate the inaugural ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor in Pakistan on November 9.

In a letter to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Sidhu said he had been invited by the Pakistan government for the opening ceremony of the corridor.

"I would first like to meditate at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib (Kartarpur) for the Shukrana (thanksgiving) on Babaji's glory and grace, have 'langar' with Sangat as a humble Sikh, attend the inauguration ceremony and come back by evening through the corridor," Sidhu wrote.

He further wrote, "However, if it is not possible then I would go to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib (Kartarpur Sahib) through the Wagah Border one day before i.e on Nov 8, stay overnight at Gurdwara Sahib, attend the ceremony and come back next day on Nov 9 through the corridor."

Sidhu currently has no visa for Pakistan. He concluded the letter, saying "your (ministry's) early response would determine my future course of action".

Sidhu had on Saturday also sought permission from the External Affairs Ministry.

Sidhu’s first visit to Pakistan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of PM Imran Khan had kicked up a controversy. He had come under fire from the opposition after he hugged Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa during the ceremony. Sidhu’s statement that Gen Bajwa had told him about "making efforts to open the Kartarpur Corridor" had also created furore then.

On November 4, he had received an invitation letter from Khan for the inauguration ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor.