Kartarpur, Nov 28: Navjot Singh Sidhu did it again. Going overboard while thanking Pakitsan PM Imran Khan, Sidhu said that Imran's name will be written on first page when history is written about Kartarpur. Turning poetic, Sindhu sang verses in prise of Imran and called him an "angel" for okaying the Kartarpur corridor after a 70-year wait. The Punjab Cabinet minister said that the corridor will go a long way in promoting peace between the two countries. Imran on Wednesday laid the foundation of Kartarpur Corridor on the Pakistan side.
"Mera yaar, dildaar, Imran Khan jive (may my friend Imran Khan thrive, live). He has been a good friend and delivered his promise.Bahut nuksaan ho gaya, bahot aagjani ho gayi! Koi iss ag ko bujhaaney waala chaida hai, koi isspar paani daalna waale chaida hai (There has been a lot of destruction, a lot of damage. There's this fire. There has to be someone to put a stop to all this. There has to be someone to put out this fire)," said poetic Sidhu while thanking Imran for fulfiling wish of Indian Sikhs."Jab bhi iss dwaar ka itihaas likha jaayega, pehle panne par aapka naam likha jaayega (This is history-in-making and whenever the future generations pen this down, your name will be on the first page," said Sidhu about Imran."Hindustan jeevey, teh Pakistan jeevey. Pyaar aur khushhaali ka farishta bankar, mera yaar Imran Khan jeevey (Long Live India, Long Live Pakistan, Long Live Imran)," Sidhu said.
Violence must be stopped and peace should be restored between India and Pakistan, Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said Wednesday as he described the Kartarpur Corridor as a major opportunity to open the hearts of the people in the two neighbouring countries. Sidhu, who attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor on the Pakistani side, said both the government should realise that they have to move forward. Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday laid the foundation stone for the corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur - the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev - to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India's Gurdaspur district. Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. It was established by the Sikh Guru in 1522. The first gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, was built here, where Guru Nanak Dev is said to have died The Kartarpur Corridor, which will facilitate the visa-free travel of Sikh pilgrims on both sides, is expected to be completed within six months. Sidhu congratulated his 'friend' Khan for the initiative and hoped that their will be love and peace between both the nations.He said there had been enough bad blood and that the corridor would be a major opportunity to open the doors of the hearts of the people. "Violence must stop and peace should return to the region," he said.Sidhu said that both the nations should seek a path of brotherhood and live in harmony without any fear with the blessing of Guru Nanak Dev. Sidhu said that if the borders between both countries opened, it would be possible to transport goods to different parts of Pakistan and even others countries."This is my hope, this is my dream ... While there is blood in my veins, I will continue to thank both governments," he said. "My father used to tell me that Punjab Mail went till Lahore, I believe that it can go further till Peshawar, till Afghanistan," he said.He said his "big hearted" friend Khan has kept his promise and ended 70 years of wait for the corridor. "The Kartarpur Spirit can make pilgrims of us all, venturing out on a journey that breaks the barriers of history and opens the borders of the heart and the mind. A journey that our people can walk together towards, a future of shared peace and prosperity for India and Pakistan," he said
News24 Bureau/ PTI