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Scrambling for Credit

Who has stolen whose thunder? This seems to be the big question as India and Pakistan scrambled to take credit for the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor project on Thursday. Kartarpur Sahib is the final resting place of Guru Nanak whose 550th birth anniversary celebrations are to be observed next year. New Delhi seemed first off the mark with the Union Cabinet deciding on Thursday to approach the Pakistan government to build that portion of the Corridor which falls in their territory to enable easy access for Sikh pilgrims from India to this shrine. But then Islamabad sought to take credit too for making the first move in this regard with Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi tweeting on Thursday afternoon that his government had already conveyed its decision to open the Kartarpur Corridor to New Delhi. Sources in New Delhi, however, maintained that any suggestion that the Corridor or the anniversary celebrations were being planned in response to Pakistan’s proposal was “not only preposterous but hurtful to the sentiments of the Sikh community”. Maintaining that the resolution on the Kartarpur Corridor project was passed after weeks of internal consultations, sources also said it could not be passed on Wednesday as it was a government holiday on account of Eid.