Kartarpur Groundbreaking Ceremony – Sushma Swaraj Declines Softly

For the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was invited to visit Pakistan by her counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi. However, citing busy schedule, Swaraj has softly declined the event but instead has recommended Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri for the event.

Apart from Swaraj, Qureshi also invited Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to the ceremony.

“On behalf of Pakistan I have extended an invitation to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj @SushmaSwaraj, Capt Amarinder Singh @capt_amarinder & Navjot Singh Sidhu @sherryontopp to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at #Kartarpura on 28 Nov, 2018,” Qureshi tweeted on Saturday.

A long-pending demand of the prominent Sikh community to build a religious corridor linking India’s border district of Gurdaspur with a historic Gurdwara in Pakistan may finally be fulfilled with both the nations announcing that stretches would be developed in their respective nations.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the groundbreaking ceremony on the Pakistan side on November 28.

India’s Cabinet had cleared a proposal Thursday to develop a corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district to the International Border to facilitate Indian pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan.

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