Indian ministers to attend groundbreaking ceremony in Pakistan

Indian ministers to attend groundbreaking ceremony in Pakistan
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A Sikh boy takes part in a procession ahead of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak on Nov, 23, 2018. (AP/File)
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The Kartarpur Corridor will make it easier for Sikhs to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. (AFP/File)
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A Sikh devotee attends a religious procession to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, founder of Sikhism, in Nankana Sahib near Lahore, Pakistan, on November 23, 2018. (REUTERS/Mohsin Raza)
Updated 26 November 2018

Indian ministers to attend groundbreaking ceremony in Pakistan

Indian ministers to attend groundbreaking ceremony in Pakistan
  • Kartarpur corridor project will help Sikhs visit holy place
  • Pakistan PM to lead ceremony on November 28

ISLAMABAD: Two Indian ministers will attend a groundbreaking ceremony in Pakistan on November 28, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted late Saturday. 
The Kartarpur corridor will make it easier for Sikhs to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal District, just three kilometers from the India-Pakistan border, and is due to be completed by November 2019.
“Since I am unable to travel to Kartarpur Sahib on the scheduled date, Government of India will be represented by my esteemed colleagues Mrs.Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Mr.H.S.Puri,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.
“We hope that the Government of Pakistan will expedite construction of the corridor in order to ensure that our citizens can pay their respects at the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor as soon as possible,” she tweeted separately.
Her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Twitter he had invited her and that Prime Minister Imran Khan was due to perform the groundbreaking. 
New Delhi has responded positively to Islamabad’s efforts to make it easier for Sikhs to visit the gurdwara, where the founder of the Sikh religion Guru Nanak spent the last years of his life.
Qureshi previously said the Kartarpur corridor would ensure the flow of Sikh pilgrims from India throughout the year. The project will also give visa-free access to Sikhs visiting the gurdwara.
The chief minister of Indian Punjab, Amarinder Singh, and cricketer-turned-politician, Navjot Singh Sidhu, were also invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony, Qureshi said.