PM Imran Khan performs the groundbreaking of Kartarpur Corridor on Wednesday.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, government officials, Indian delegate and foreign diplomats also attending the groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpur corridor.
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.”
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) November 28, 2018
The military’s media wing, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), said, “COAS will be at Kartarpura today for groundbreaking ceremony.”
COAS will be at Kartarpura today for ground breaking ceremony of #KartarpuraCorridor
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) November 28, 2018
Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday led a delegation of his country to attend the groundbreaking ceremony on Pakistan’s invitation.
The Indian delegation comprising Minister for Food Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister for Housing Hardeep S Puri and Sidhu reached Lahore through the Wagah Border crossing where they were received by officials of the Punjab Rangers.
Speaking to journalists upon crossing the Wagah Border, Sidhu thanked PM Imran for inviting him to the groundbreaking ceremony. “The seed that Imran Khan sowed three months ago has become a tree now and me and 120 million Sikhs could not be happier,” he said.
While Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj declined to attend the groundbreaking, she thanked Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi for the invitation.
India last week gave the go-ahead to Pakistan’s proposal to build Kartarpur corridor to facilitate Sikh pilgrims wishing to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal District near the Indian border.
The proposal to construct the corridor providing visa-free access to Sikh pilgrims was renewed by Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in August this year.
Pakistan will build the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab’s Gurdaspur district up to the border will be constructed by India.