Chandigarh, September 10 (KMS): Punjab minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu has urged the Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, to make every possible effort on the issue of Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara as Pakistan has shown positive intent in providing access to the historic Sikh shrine.

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu in a letter written to the External Affairs Minister, said: “Now an opportunity has knocked on our doors. Pakistan has shown a positive intent towards the long-pending demand of Kartarpur Sahib corridor. Pilgrims and we all have been demanding for this corridor since years”.

He said some positivity came on this issue when he visited Pakistan for the oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan. But now with the county’s Information Minister, Fawad Chaudhry saying that corridor will be opened and even visa won’t be required as part of the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, it is time for India to take a positive step on this highly emotional issue, he said. “When opportunity knocks, kindly step up and open the door,” wrote Sidhu.

“…Appropriate measures on the Kartarpur Sahib corridor must be taken as Sikh sentiments are strongly attached with it. Hoping for a positive response from you,” Sidhu further wrote.

“The opening of this corridor will be a huge thing for the Sikh community all over the world. Even though both neighbours have had sour relations for decades but the corridor if opened can bring peace and prosperity between the two countries. This can break barriers, build bridges and improve relations between the two nations,” he said in the letter.

Sidhu said among various historical gurdwaras in Pakistan, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib is of great significance. “This is the place where Guru Nanak Dev spent almost 18 years of his life. The Gurdwara Sahib is very close to the border. Such is the sentiment of the pilgrims in India that they visit the border everyday just to have a glimpse of this holy shrine through binoculars arranged by the Border Security Force at the Border in the Dera Baba Nanak region of India,” he said in the letter.

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