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Sidhu credits his ‘Pak hug’ for Kartarpur Corridor move, says it’s better than Rafale


Chandigarh: Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday credited his visit to Pakistan for Imran Khan’s swearing-in for the decision by the Indian and Pakistan governments to build the Kartarpur Corridor to facilitate easy pilgrimage to Sikh devotees to historic Nankana Sahib gurdwara across the border.

Campaigning in Madhya Pradesh, Sidhu said the decision would benefit 15-16 crore Sikhs. Sidhu said his hug was still better than the Rafale deal.


His hug to Pakistan Army chief during the swearing-in visit led to a huge controversy.

“Kam se kam vo rafale deal toh nahi thi,” said Navjot Sidhu on the BJP criticising him during Madhya Pradesh campaign, for hugging Pakistan Army Chief #KartarpurCorridor.

Badal on Wednesday hailed the Modi government for its decision and announced that SAD and SGPC will take a delegation to Kartarpur Sahib in near future.

Asked if Punjab minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu’s visit to Pakistan and controversial hugging of the country’s Army chief catalysed the Government of India’s decision on the corridor, he quipped: “I do not know,” adding, “May be the recent grenade attack at religious place in Amritsar was because of it.”

Sidhu had claimed that the Pakistan government has decided to open the corridor following his Islamabad visit for oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

‘It will act like a soothing balm for two neighbouring countries’ wrote Sidhu in a tweet.