Ahead of the Kartarpur Corridor inauguration on Pakistan's side of the border, a video of Prime Minister Imran Khan referring to Congress MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu as "Humara Sidhu" is going viral across social media sites.
While waiting in a vehicle near the border where Indian leaders and delegates were to enter Pakistan for the inauguration, Khan is heard inquiring if his fellow former cricketer Sidhu has arrived. "Achcha hamaara woh Sidhu kidhar hai? Main keh raha hoon hamaara Sidhu," the former Pakistan captain was heard saying.
Moments before the Indian official jatha arrived for pilgrimage through #KartarpurCorridor...
An entire conversation by Pak PM @ImranKhanPTI on "Hamara Sidhu"
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In his speech at the event, the Punjab Congress MLA had said Khan had “won hearts” by inaugurating the Kartarpur Corridor. Sidhu also thanked Narendra Modi for making the project happen, saying he was sending a “Munnabhai MBBS style hug” to the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also thanked his Pakistani counterpart for responding to popular sentiment and making the corridor possible.
On the inaugural day, 562 pilgrims, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, his wife Gursharan Kaur, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Sing and Union ministers Hardeep Puri, crossed over to Pakistan to offer prayers at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur as part of first 'jatha'. The 9 km corridor links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the founder of Sikhism's birth place and the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district