Navjot Singh Sidhu Unlikely to Travel to Pakistan for Inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor: Sources
File image of Navjot Singh Sidhu | (Photo Credits: IANS)

New Delhi, November 6: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu is unlikely to travel to Pakistan for the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor, sources said. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had on Monday sent a formal invitation to Sidhu for the inaugural ceremony of much-awaited Kartarpur corridor on November 9. Kartarpur Corridor: Thank Imran Khan and Navjot Singh Sidhu on Social Media, Says Harpal Singh.

A letter dated November 4 sent by Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan Syed Haider Shah and addressed to Sidhu, read, "enclosed please find an invitation for Navjot Singh Sidhu from Imran Khan, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for the inauguration ceremony of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur corridor, Narowal, Pakistan, on Saturday, 9 November 2019.

"Sidhu, who has expressed his willingness to attend the inaugural ceremony, had written to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday, requesting permission to visit Pakistan for the same. "It is brought to your kind notice that I have been invited by the Pakistan government for the opening ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor on November 9, 2019.

As a humble Sikh, it shall be a great honour to pay obeisance to our great Guru Baba Nanak on this historic occasion and connect to our roots," he said. "Therefore, I may be permitted to visit Pakistan for this auspicious occasion," he added. The inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor, which will connect Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab's Gurdaspur district with Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan, is scheduled for later this week. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the corridor on the Indian side while his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan will open the route on the other side. 'Navjot Singh Sidhu and Imran Khan Are Real Heroes': Posters Emerge in Punjab Ahead of Kartarpur Corridor Inauguration.

India and Pakistan had on October 24 signed an agreement on the modalities for operationalising Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, paving the way for its inauguration ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of the Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.The corridor will facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev.