ongress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has been granted permission to visit Pakistan at the inaugural ceremony of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on November 9.
According to sources, the Centre has granted him political clearance travel to Pakistan. However, sources have said, that he may only travel as part of the first jatha going from India to Pakistan for the pilgrimage to Kartarpur Gurudwara, which is the final resting place of first Sikh Guru Nanak Dev.
The first jatha will also include Punjab CM Amarinder Singh and former Pm Manmohan Singh, who will be travelling to Pakistan not as political leaders but as religious pilgrims.
The permission has come through after Sidhu wrote three letters requesting the Centre’s clearance over his visit.
However, quoting sources, Indian media reported that Sidhu was granted permission only to travel as part of the first group coming from India for the pilgrimage to the Kartarpur Gurdwara, the world’s largest Sikh shrine and the final resting place of Sikhism founder Baba Guru Nanak.
The permission from the Indian government has come through after Sidhu wrote three letters requesting to Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar asking for the government’s clearance for his visit.
In his third letter, Sidhu pleaded to Jaishankar for a reply, saying he would proceed to Pakistan other Sikh devotees if the minister doesn’t respond.
“Despite repeated reminders you have not responded to whether or not the government has granted me permission to go to Pakistan for inauguration ceremony of Gurdwara Darbar Sahid Kartarpur Corridor. The delay and no response is a hindrance to my future course of action,” the former cricketer wrote in his letter.
“I categorically state that if the government has any inhibitions and say no then, as a law abiding citizen, I will not go. But if you don’t respond to my third letter, then I will proceed to Pakistan as millions of Sikh devotees go on eligible Visa,” he added.