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.
Pakistan has already conveyed to India it’s decision to open Kartarpura Corridor for Baba Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary. PM Imran Khan will do break ground at Kartarpura facilities on 28th November. We welcome the Sikh community to Pakistan for this auspicious occasion.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) November 22, 2018
Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh remarked that the cabinet has made a “landmark decision”.
In landmark decision, the Cabinet approves building and development of Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to International Border. Kartarpur corridor project with all modern amenities and facilities to be implemented with Central Government funding.
— राजनाथ सिंह (@rajnathsingh) November 22, 2018
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.
Indian Cabinet endorsement of Pakistan’s proposition on #KartarPurBorderOpening is victory of peace lobby in both countries, its a step towards right direction and we hope such steps ll encourage voice of reasons and tranquility on both sides of the border.
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 22, 2018
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.
I thank the Govt. of India from the core of my heart and take a bow! I request the Hon’ble PM of Pakistan @ImranKhanPTI Sahib to take reciprocal steps for opening the Kartarpur Sahib corridor and spread Baba Nanak’s message of universal brotherhood and peace across the Globe.
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) November 22, 2018
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.