Kartarpur event: Pak issues visa to Sidhu

New Delhi: Pakistan said on Thursday that it has issued a visa to former Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to attend the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor on November 9.

The Pakistan government invited Sidhu — who also attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor — to attend Saturday’s inauguration. A ruling party spokesperson had said that Sidhu accepted the invitation.

“Pakistan has issued visa to Indian politician Navjot Singh Sidhu for his visit to holy shrine of Baba Guru Nanak,” Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal announced during his weekly media briefing in Islamabad.

Sidhu, a Congress lawmaker, has sought permission from the External Affairs Ministry to attend the inaugural ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor in Pakistan on November 9.

He had come under fire from the opposition after he hugged Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa during the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Imran Khan in August last year.

Sidhu had then claimed that Gen Bajwa had told him about ‘making efforts to open the Kartarpur Corridor’.