Pakistan's transfer of the Gurudwar's control to a non-Sikh body is against the spirit of historic Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, the MEA said.
In November last year, Pakistan and India separately inaugurated the historic corridor on their sides of the border.
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The Pakistan PM raked up the Kashmir issue at the inaugural ceremony of Kartarpur corridor.
The former prime minister was part of the first batch of the Indian pilgrims who went through the cross-border corridor Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.
Modi inaugurated the corridor and flagged off the first batch of over 500 Indian pilgrims who will travel to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province through the Kartarpur corridor, being thrown open days ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on November 12.
The Kartarpur Sahib Corridor linking Dera Baba Sahib in Gurdaspur in India and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan will be thrown open on Saturday, in a historic people-to-people initiative sparking a glimmer of hope for improvement in ties between the two countries.
The foundation stone for the Kartarpur Corridor was laid down on the Indian side on November 26, 2018. Two days later, the foundation stone was laid on the Pakistani side.
Pak PM Imran Khan last week announced that no fee would be charged from Indian Sikh pilgrims on the opening day of the corridor on November 9 and on Sikhism founder Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary.
Sidhu had earlier written to MEA asking "if he didn't get a response to visit Pakistan, then he will proceed as a devotee visa.'
Navjot Singh Sidhu has written three times to the MEA seeking permission to attend the inauguration of the corridor in Pakistan.
The MEA said conflicting reports were coming from Pakistan on whether Indian pilgrims would require passport to visit the Darbar Sahib shrine.
The Kartarpur Corridor, which provides a visa-free access to Indian Sikhs to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, will be inaugurated on Saturday by Prime Minister Imran Khan to mark Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev's 550th birth anniversary.
The hoardings credited Imran Khan and Navjot Singh Sidhu for making the Kartarpur project a reality.
It's the poster showing Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Amrik Singh Khalsa and Major General (Dismissed) Shabeg Singh that has led to a controversy.
The corridor will facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.
Senator Faisal Javed Khan held a telephonic conversation with Sidhu in this regard on the directions of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and invited him to the country on November 9.
A large number of Indian pilgrims are expected to use the border corridor to visit the holy shrine of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi addresses media after the oath taking ceremony at Punjab Bhawan in Chandigarh. AICC General Secretary Harish Rawat with PPCC President Navjot Singh Sidhu are also seen.PTI Photo
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel in New Delhi.PTI Photo
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur during a public meeting in Mandi.PTI Photo
An artist busy making an idol of Goddess Durga at a workshop ahead of Navaratri festivities in Mumbai.Photograph by Dinesh Parab/Outlook
Idols of Goddess Durga at a workshop ahead of Navaratri festivities, Goregaon in Mumbai.Photograph by Dinesh Parab/Outlook
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