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Kartarpur corridor LIVE updates: Pakistan PM Imran Khan to lay foundation stone today

Amritsar: Paper artist Gurpreet Singh shows his creation, a paper model of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s gurudwara (Kartarpur Sahib) in Pakistan, in Amritsar. (PTI Photo)

Kartarpur corridor LIVE: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday is scheduled to lay the foundation stone in Kartarpur for the corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib — the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev — to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur

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Last week, Pakistan followed up India’s decision to develop the Kartarpur corridor. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, “Pakistan has already conveyed to India its decision to open Kartarpur Corridor for Baba Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary. We welcome the Sikh community to Pakistan for this auspicious occasion.”

Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was India’s face on the ground Tuesday and called Kartarpur a “corridor of infinite possibilities.” A day before that, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh laid the foundation stone for the corridor on the Indian side in Gurdaspur.

Jang-e-Azadi memorial at Kartarpur

At Kartarpur in Jalandhar on Tuesday. (Express photo)

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had invited External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to attend the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday. However, due to “prior commitments” at the election campaign in Telangana, Swaraj declined the offer and nominated her Cabinet colleagues, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri, to attend the ceremony as the Indian government’s representatives.

Amarinder Singh, however, turned down the invite and warned Islamabad to “rein in” its army, saying that the Indian army is “bigger” and “fully prepared”.

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