Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday performed the groundbreaking of the corridor connecting Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur area of Narowal district with Dera Baba Nanak in India's Gurdaspur District.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi were accompanying the premier as he arrived at Kartarpur. 

Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, Minister for Food Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Minister for Housing Hardeep S Puri stood alongside the premier as he laid the foundation stone of the corridor.

Government officials, Indian ministers and foreign diplomats are also attending the groundbreaking ceremony.

While addressing the ceremony, Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri thanked foreign delegates for attending and said the corridor proves that PM Imran values the rights of minorities.

Earlier today, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal shared pictures on Twitter of diplomats at the airport and said, "The world comes together for the #PakistanKartarpurSpirit - diplomats attending the groundbreaking ceremony."

India last week gave the go-ahead to Pakistan’s proposal to build Kartarpur corridor to facilitate Sikh pilgrims wishing to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal District near the Indian border.

The proposal to construct the corridor providing visa-free access to Sikh pilgrims was renewed by Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in August this year.

Pakistan will build the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab's Gurdaspur district up to the border will be constructed by India.