Sidhu thanks PM Imran over Kartarpur corridor initiative

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His statement came hours after India urged Pakistan to build a corridor to Katarpur Sahib to facilitate easy movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims to the shrine - the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev.

On Thursday, India and Pakistan announced that they will build a corridor on their respective side which will allow the Sikh pilgrims to visit the iconic Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur on the banks of the river Ravi.

"Kartarpur corridor project with all modern amenities and facilities to be implemented with Central Government funding".

He also appealed to the Pakistan government to reciprocate the Indian government's great initiative and respect the sentiments of the Sikh "Sangat" all across the world in this regard.

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Kartarpur Sahib is situated in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province and there have been demands to build a corridor linking it with Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.

Thousands of Sikh devotees from India visit Pakistan every year to celebrate the birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.

And Navjot Singh Sidhu says this happy development is the "result" of a hug - the one he gave Pakistan's army chief in August, when Imran Khan was being sworn in as prime minister.

A committee led by the home minister will regularly review, monitor and oversee the implementation of the activities commemorating Guru Nanak Dev's 550th birth anniversary.

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The late Prime Minister had taken up the issue with his counterpart in Pakistan then but there had been no response from across the border so far, he said. In the wake of this warning the Sikhs for Justice has chose to open a Referendum 2020 centre in Lahore, Pakistan.

"The government has been oscillating on its position on the opening of the Kartarpur corridor".

Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday welcomed the Indian cabinet's announcement to commence the construction of the Kartarpur corridor, calling it a "victory of peace". He had also said that Pakistan has shown "positive intent" in providing access to the historic shrine. He said Pakistan's efforts were continuing and it issued 3,838 visas to Indian Sikhs to visit Pakistan to attend religious ceremonies.

"We welcome the Sikh community to Pakistan for this auspicious occasion", the Minister added.

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