Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar on Monday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre to clarify its stand on the issue of getting passage to Kartarpur, which has been a long pending demand of the Sikh community.

Appreciating Navjot Singh Sidhu’s initiative he took during his recent visit to Pakistan, Jakhar said, now the ball is in the court of the Union government.

He said, it is up to the Union external affairs ministry to take up the matter with the Pakistan government at the diplomatic letter.

Jakhar said, it is all the more important in view of the coming 550 year birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev.

The Congress leader also took a dig at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for writing a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. He pointed out, when Dr Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister wrote such letters to Pakistan leaders, he (Modi) taunted these as “love letters”.

Now Modi should explain what he has written to Mr Khan and how different his letter is from those he referred as “love letters”, he added.

Jakhar also congratulated Sidhu for presenting a ‘Kashmiri’ Pashmina shawl to the newly elected Pakistan Prime Minister. “The message should not be lost on any one that Sidhu conveyed with such subtlety yet so strongly that Kashmir belongs to us and we are gifting you a Pashmina shawl from there”, Jakhar remarked, while adding, “but you don’t expect the BJP to understand such subtle but powerful messages.