Two cabinet Ministers to attend Pak inauguration of Kartarpur corridor even as EAM Sushma declines

emerged however that two of her cabinet colleagues will go ahead and attend it

After Pakistan confirmed having extended invite to Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj for inauguration of Kartarpur corridor, the External Affairs Minister has declined the invite.

She said that she will not visit Pakistan to attend the ground-breaking ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor for Sikh pilgrims.

It emerged however that two of her cabinet colleagues will go ahead and attend it.

India has selected Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri to represent the country in the Pakistan inauguration ceremony.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in a tweet, said he has extended an invitation to Ms Swaraj, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to attend the
ceremony at Kartarpur on November 28.

It is also expected that the visit of the two Union ministers to Pakistan is expected to ease tension between the two countries.

On Thursday, both countries announced that they would develop Kartarpur corridor in their respective areas, linking Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district with the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the groundbreaking ceremony of the corridor on the Pakistani side on November 28.

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