Navjot Singh Sidhu meets Sushma Swaraj to discuss Kartarpur corridor, ‘snubbed’

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 18, 2018 5:24:34 am

While there was no official word from MEA, sources said that the issue of Kartarpur was discussed between Swaraj and Sidhu. (File)

Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and urged her to help initiate a dialogue with Pakistan for opening up of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor.

Union Minister and Akali leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal, however, claimed that Swaraj “reprimanded” Sidhu for “messing up” the issue and accused him of “misusing” the political clearance granted to him for visiting Pakistan to attend Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony as the prime minister. “External Affairs Minister (Swaraj) reprimanded Sidhu for messing up Kartarpur Sahib corridor dialogue and misusing political clearance granted for private visit by hugging military chief responsible for killing our soldiers,” Badal said.

While there was no official word from MEA, sources said that the issue of Kartarpur was discussed between Swaraj and Sidhu. However, the Indian side was waiting for an official proposal from Pakistan, they added. When asked whether she reprimanded Sidhu, sources said that is “quite correct”, adding that Swaraj…

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