The magic of Xi
From Christina Palmer
New Delhi: New Delhi: If it is not to be called magic of Chinese President Xi Jinping then what else should it be called as soon after Xi Jinping held official talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Saturday, the Indian Government announced that none else but Prime Minister Modi will himself travel to Pakistan for the inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor on the 8th of next month, a project, initiated by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, backed by Pakistan’s Military Commanders but made highly controversial by the BJP Government with Modi leading from the front.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Pakistan to inaugurate the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor to Sri Kartarpur Sahib on November 8, Union Minister Harsimrat Badal said on Saturday.
“With the blessings of Guru Nanak Dev ji, Sikh Panth’s ardaas for ‘khule darshan deedar’ of Sri Kartarpur Sahib to finally become reality! On November 8th, history will be created with PM Narendra Modi ji inaugurating the Kartarpur corridor (ICP),” Badal said. “What could not have been made possible for 72 years under the Congress rule, PM Modi has corrected that wrong now,” she added.
Pakistan, on Thursday, said no date has been fixed so far for the inauguration of the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor, even as it assured that it will be open ‘on time’ on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak next month.
Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian border to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, while the other part—from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district up to the border—is being constructed by India. Last week, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh had former invited President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Modi to attend the opening of the Kartarpur corridor. He also invited former PM Manmohan Singh to join a special all party jatha that will travel to Kartarpur Sahib.