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Pakistan and India to open Kartarpur corridor to facilitate Sikh pilgrims

November 22, 2018
 

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Pakistan and India have agreed to open Kartarpur corridor for the facilitation of Sikh pilgrims.

India will build the corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur to border with Pakistan. The approval was given in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.

The open corridor will give the pilgrims easy access to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, which is located in Kartarpur, Narowal. The present gurdwara is built on the site where Guru Nanak died on September 22, 1539.

 

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi confirmed that Pakistan will open the border in a tweet.

 

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh remarked that the cabinet has made a “landmark decision”.

A high-powered telescope will also be installed on the Indian side of the border for the devotees to see Kartarpur

Reacting to the news, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry called it a step in the right direction.

Related: Indian Sikh pilgrims arriving in Pakistan to celebrate Baba Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary

Around 3,000 Sikh pilgrims reached Lahore from India on Wednesday to participate in the celebrations for Baba Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary. 

The pilgrims were received by representatives of Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) at the Wagah Railway Station.

The main ceremony will take place on November 23, after which the pilgrims will leave for India on November 30.

Navjot Singh Sidhu, a minister from India’s Punjab province and a leader of India’s Congress party welcomed the move and requested Prime Minister Imran Khan to take reciprocal steps for opening the corridor.

Sidhu came to Pakistan in August for the premier’s swearing-in. He got emotional and hugged Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa at the ceremony when he was told by him that efforts would be made to open the Kartarpur corridor.

 
 
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