Islamabad had invited Swaraj, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh and Minister of State Navjot Singh Sidhu to the ceremony on November 28, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Twitter on Twitter.
However, Swaraj responded by saying she would not be able to travel to Kartarpur Sahib due to past commitments, including the election campaign in Telangana. However, she said that since she must pay attention to the feelings of the Indian Sikh citizens and the importance of smooth and easy access to the holy place, India would see the trade union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal (Minister of Food Processing) and Hardeep Puri (MoS, Housing and urban affairs) at Kartarpur. She also expressed the hope that Pakistan will accelerate the construction of the corridor.
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Corridor development was high on the agenda for the Swaraj Qureshi meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, as proposed by Khan in September this year. The meeting was canceled by India after the murder of SPOs in J & K.
Pakistan said in a statement that its Kartarpur spirit can be a step in the right direction from conflict to cooperation, hostility to peace and enmity to friendship.
"On behalf of Pakistan, I submitted an invitation to Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj @SushmaSwaraj, Capt. Amarinder Singh @capt_amarinder & Navjot Singh Sidhu @sherryontopp to attend the laying of the cornerstone at #Kartarpura on 28 November 2018. "Qureshi tweeted.
On behalf of Pakistan, I have submitted an invitation to the Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj @SushmaSwaraj, Capt. Https://t.co/YxFnkmI1RN (19459003) – Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI)
. "We will not comment until we receive a formal invitation," said Punjab Prime Minister Raveen Thukral's media advisor.
Sidhu, who had a major controversy in August when he embraced Pakistani army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa during Imran Khan's solemn oath ceremony, said he would participate in the event if he received permission from the center. "I received permission from Captain Amarinder Singh to visit Pakistan for the event on November 28th. I requested permission from the center, "Sidhu said over the phone with Madhya Pradesh.
In India, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) said it will build the recently announced corridor to the international border in Punjab. The Ministry of Highways said on Saturday it was a four-lane highway with back roads and other facilities for pilgrims intending to visit Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.
In a release, the Road Transport Ministry said Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will lay the foundation for building the Corridor Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib on Monday. Minister of Highways Nitin Gadkari and Prime Minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh, will also attend the ceremony at Mann Village in Gurdaspur district.
The Indian side of the corridor begins in Dera Baba Nanak in the district of Gurdaspur and extends to the international border. "This corridor will be a historic landmark between India and Pakistan and will also boost tourism as more pilgrims visit the holy shrine between two countries later this year," said the ministry.
Guru Nanak Dev had gathered the Sikh community in Kartarpur and lived there for 18 years until 1539. The Gurudwara Darbar Sahib was built where Guru Nanak took his last breath.
On Guru Nanak's 550th birthday in 2019, the government announced on Thursday that it would build the Kartarpur Corridor as an integrated development project. The corridor will allow Sikh pilgrims to visit the famous Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur on the banks of the Ravi River in Pakistan.