Bollywood actor Sunny Deol will reportedly be headed to Pakistan tomorrow. The Gurdaspur BJP MP will be a part of the official jatha that will attend the inauguration ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor on November 9, 2019. The news comes after a public announcement made by the Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh's office on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister's Office has cleared Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu's visit to Pakistan to take part in the Kartarpur corridor opening ceremony on the Pakistani side too.
Sidhu had requested for permission from the external affairs ministry to attend the event following an invitation by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Two days ahead of the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor, India on Thursday said conflicting reports are coming from Pakistan on whether Indian pilgrims will require passport to visit the Darbar Sahib shrine using the new facility, reported India Today.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said an agreement was signed between the two countries finalising the modalities for visits by Indian pilgrims and India will stick to it. "Conflicting reports are coming from Pakistan. Sometimes they say passport is needed and sometimes they say it is not required. As of now, there is a bilateral agreement which specified required documents," the publication quoted him as saying. The Ministry of External Affairs has said amendments cannot be made unilaterally. However, sources have claimed that Navjot Singh Sindhu may only travel as part of the first jatha going from India to Pakistan for the pilgrimage to Kartarpur Gurudwara, which is the final resting place of the first Sikh Guru Nanak Dev. The first jatha will also include CM Amarinder Singh and former PM Manmohan Singh, who will be travelling to Pakistan not as political leaders but as religious pilgrims this week.