New Delhi: After Pakistan announced that it has reopened the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday said it is yet to take a decision on the opening on its side. In a statement, the MEA said, “We remain in touch with all concerned authorities including Ministries of Home Affairs and Health and Family Welfare. A decision on reopening and easing of restrictions.” Also Read - Pakistan Lifts Ban On TikTok
It also pointed out that Pakistan is yet to construct a bridge at the Budhi-Ravi channel that was decided by both sides at the time of opening of the Kartarpur Corridor last year. Also Read - As India Boosts Security at LoC, Pakistan’s ISI Tells LeT and Hizbul chiefs to Push Militants into Valley
Pakistan on Friday said that Indian visitors are allowed to come to visit Kartarpur Gurdwara daily from dawn to dusk as per the bilateral agreement made in 2019 between India and Pakistan. Also Read - India Records Lowest COVID-19 Deaths in 3 Months; Total Tally Surpasses 7.5 Million | Key Points
The corridor was temporarily closed on March 16 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 4.2 km corridor links Dera Baba Nanak town in Gurdaspur district with Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Shakargarh tehsil in Narowal district of Pakistan.
India and Pakistan in October 2019 signed an agreement to operationalise the Kartarpur corridor to allow Indian pilgrims a visa-free visit to the holy gurdwara, believed to have been built on the site where Guru Nanak died in the 16th century, and located some 4 km inside Pakistan.