New Delhi, November 7: Three letters later, former Punjab minister Navjot Sidhu was on Thursday granted political clearance to travel through Kartarpur corridor to Durbar Sahib gurdwara to attend the inauguration of the corridor by Prime Minister Imran Khan on November 9, people familiar with the development said.
The foreign ministry decision came late on Thursday evening, hours after Sidhu sent his third request to the government to seek its approval to travel to Kartarpur where Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, spent his final years.
The corridor, first proposed by India two decades ago, links Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab with Darbar Sahib gurdwara at Kartarpur, 4 km from the border in Pakistan.
The government is learnt to have been uncomfortable at Navjot Sidhu’s decision to accept Pakistan government’s invite to travel across the border to join the event across the border.
His party colleague and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had made it clear that he would have preferred if Sidhu, like the rest of them, had travelled as part of the delegation going from India.
Sidhu has been unreachable and hasn’t responded to requests for his reaction. (Agencies)