The Editor, Express Tribune, 27 November 2018, “Navjot Singh Sidhu says Imran Khan’s name will be written in the first page of history books”
Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s name will be written on the first page of history books for opening Kartarpur border for Sikh pilgrims in India. Speaking in Express News programme “Takrar” on Tuesday, the visiting dignitary said the Pakistani premier will grow stronger by facing even tougher tests in the future. “I know him [PM Imran] for a long time … he is a brave, honest and empathetic man which made him join the tough field of politics,” he remarked.
Sidhu said nothing could be accomplished without efforts and endeavour, adding that it was miraculous that Kartarpur corridor had become a reality in just three months after Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa conveyed the big news to him during PM Imran’s inauguration.
He said Prime Minister Imran could not bring more joy to the 120 million Sikhs by any other gift other than opening the Kartarpur border crossing. “Kartarpur corridor will enhance people-to-people contacts and I foresee brotherhood and more friendly relations between peoples of two Punjabs,” said the former test cricketer. The Pakistan government had opened up doors for innumerable possibilities by opening the doors to the resting place of Baba Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith, he added.
The Congress leader said together the people of two Punjabs will become invincible. “This is the alliance that made British bow down before them,” he added. The initiative will open new avenues of opportunities for people of the two countries, said the Indian politician, adding that with better bilateral relations, both Pakistan and India will progress.