Indian government finally responds over Navjot Singh Sidhu request to visit Pakistan

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Indian government finally responds over Navjot Singh Sidhu request to visit Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - Indian government finally responds over Navjot Singh Sidhu request to visit Pakistan for Kartarpur Corridor inauguration on November 9.

The Indian government has finally allowed Navjot Singh Sidhu to attend the inauguration of the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur Corridor, after the cricketer-turned-politician wrote his third letter to the Indian foreign ministry on Thursday requesting permission to visit Pakistan.

Pakistan has already issued a visa to Sidhu after Prime Minister Imran Khan invited him to attend the historic opening of the corridor, which has been built for Indian Sikh pilgrims traveling to the holy Gurdwara Darbar Sahib temple from a visa-free border crossing.

Indian media, quoting official sources, reported on Thursday evening that Sidhu had been given political clearance by the government to take part in the Kartarpur Corridor inauguration ceremony on the Pakistani side.

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.