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Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has also arrived to attend the ceremony.

In his tweet, the Spokesperson of the Foreign Office Dr Muhammad Faisal said, "The world comes together for the #PakistanKartarpurSpirit - diplomats attending the groundbreaking ceremony". He said they will make this into a state-of-the-art gurdwara. Sidhu is a leader of the opposition party Indian National Congress and had recently visited Pakistan and called for restoring peace between the two neighbours.

Earlier, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who along with Union Minister Hardeep Puri went to Pakistan for the ceremony, got emotional while talking about Kartarpur Corridor.

Addressing the gathering present at the ceremony, the Pakistan Prime Minister said that he heard there was a lot of criticism of Sidhu when he went back to India after attending Khan's oath-taking ceremony. Subsequently, the Pakistan government in September 2018, chose to open the corridor before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak for visa-free entry of Indian Sikhs from India to Pakistan. The Kartarpur corridor aims to ease travel for Indian pilgrims visiting one of the holiest sites of the Sikh faith in Pakistan.

The 4km-long corridor will connect Dera Baba Nanak in India's Gurdaspur district with Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.




Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has welcomed the opening of the Kartarpur border crossing saying, the goodwill measures between India and Pakistan are welcomed by the people of Kashmir. "We want to move forward", the prime minister said at the groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpur corridor at Narowal district of Punjab.

"If France and Germany can be part of a union and move forward, why can't we?" He added that both the countries stood to gain from better ties. Terming the Kartarpur corridor as peace corridor, Badal hoped that it ends all the hatred.

Speaking at the event, PM Khan said the happiness he has seen on the Sikh attendees' faces was the same he could imagine seeing on Muslim people's faces if they were four kilometres from the Holy Kaaba and finally allowed to visit it. The former cricket star reiterated his July election victory pledge that "if India takes one step forward, then we will take two steps forward toward friendship".

Commenting on the meeting of Khalistani leader with Bajwa, Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat said, "Everybody talks about giving peace a chance". By congratulating Pakistan and India for providing the facility to Sikhs after 73 years, he said: "I want to avoid conflicts - religion should not been seen through the lens of politics. This is a miracle of Baba Guru Nanak", she said. "There has to be someone to put out this fire" Sidhu said.

Sikh pilgrims coming from other countries can land at Lahore and Sialkot worldwide airports and reach to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib from the old route.


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