Navjot Singh Sidhu seeks the approval of the government to attend the opening of the Kartarpur corridor

AMRITSAR/DERA BABA NANAK: Former Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday he requested permission from (MEA) to attend the inauguration in Pakistan on November 9. He also wrote to the Prime Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh to get your approval for the trip.

In a letter to Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, a copy of which is with the TOI Sidhu said he had been invited by the Pakistani government to inaugurate the corridor, which will connect Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur Sahib, in Pakistan's Narowal district with Dera Baba Nanak in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab.

In confirming this, Sidhu's wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, said on Saturday that the former cricketer who became a politician would also urge his cricket friend and prime minister of Pakistan. Imran Khan To permanently give up the $ 20 service charge that every Indian pilgrim visiting Gurdwara Darbar Sahib will have to pay.

Navjot Kaur said her husband would surely go to Pakistan for the ceremony if he gets the Center’s permission for it. “The issue of $ 20 service fee is already on his mind and he will talk to Imran Khan,” she said, adding that levying fee for paying obeisance at a place of worship sounds odd as we are not used to paying for offering prayers.

After Sidhu accepted Pakistan's invitation, the MEA clarified that all political personalities and guests would require political authorization for the visit.

The sources reported that India had shared a list of about 480 people who would be part of the inauguration of 'jatha' (march) from November 9 to Pakistan with the Pakistan High Commission for approval, but that so far there had been Received no reply.

Meanwhile, a senior team from the Ministry of Interior visited Dera Baba Nanak to review the work in progress at the Integrated Control Post (ICP). The sources said that so far only 65% ​​of the ICP had been built, but the ICP will be operational by November 9, as it has the labor and tools necessary to complete customs formalities, immigration and of another type