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"The only issue between us is Kashmir, all it needs is just two capable leaderships to resolve this issue". Badal was referring to Khalistani leader Gopal Singh Chawla who posted a photo on Facebook where Sidhu can be seen standing next to the Khalistani leader.

Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan across the Ravi River, about 4 km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) while responding to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's reference to Kashmir in his yesterday's address has termed it regretting and said it was an attempt by Pakistan PM to politicise a pious event.

Perhaps General Qamar Javaid Bajwa, the Pakistani army chief of staff, is responsible for this initiative, and Khan is merely the symbolic political face.

Seventy-five-year-old Gurcharan Singh was just a child during Partition in 1947, when his family left their home in the city of Sialkot, in modern day Pakistan, to head to India.

Khan's praise for his "friend" Sidhu came after the latter said: "Long live India, long live Pakistan". It also signals willingness to engage despite India's insistence on a stop to terrorism - an opening that Pakistan can seize by demonstrating its readiness to curb outfits like Lashkar and Jaish.

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India and Pakistan made some headway in improving their relations by announcing to jointly-construct a border crossing for millions of Indian Sikhs who have long desired to visit the shrine of Sikhism's founder, Guru Nanak, which is nestled in Kartarpur, in the Narowal district of Punjab, almost five kilometers away from Pakistan's eastern border.

Moreover, denying the Sikh community an opportunity to mark Guru Nanak's 550's birth anniversary when Pakistan is ready to open the corridor would only alienate millions of Sikhs living in India. It was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev who is believed to have spent 18 years here. "In these 100 days I took one day off and want to praise her for such a hard life during the last 100 days", the prime minister said during a ceremony marking the completion of the first 100 days of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.

After his return, Sidhu said that Pakistan Army chief Gen Bajwa had told him that Pakistan may open a corridor to Kartarpur Sahib. Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu also attended the ceremony. Pakistan has made a decision to open the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims, allowing them to visit the holy site without a visa. However, a short-lived thaw happened when Atal Behari Vajpayee, India's three-time Prime Minister, took a bus to Lahore in 1999 and hugged his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, leaving an endearing image that symbolized hope in bilateral ties.

"I already visited Pakistan, and it was me only who started the comprehensive bilateral dialogue", Swaraj said, according to NDTV.

While mocking the Congress leader and Punjab Cabinet Minister, Badal stated that Sidhu has become a Pakistani agent and Congress president Rahul Gandhi should clear his stand on the issue. Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur, who also attended the ceremony, took a swipe at Mr Sidhu on his bonhomie with the Pakistani prime minister. Yet, as I had argued before, India's Kartarpur misstep and Sidhu's antics have created the space for Pakistan this bluff.