New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that Kartarpura corridor is not merely a corridor but a reason to connect people. PM Modi attended Guruparb Kirtan Darbar at Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal’s residence in Delhi. Former PM Manmohan Singh was also present at the event.
Addressing the gathering, PM Modi said, “Who thought that the Berlin Wall could fall, perhaps with the blessings of Guru Nanak Dev ji. Kartarpura corridor is not merely a corridor but a way to connect people.”
The Prime Minister who attended Guruparb Kirtan Darbar at Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal’s residence in the national capital said, “When I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, I ordered to re-construct the sacred place where Guru Nanak’s “padukaon” kept had got damaged due to earthquake in the State. Today, it has become a site of “World Heritage”. With the blessing of Guru Nanak Dev ji, Kartarpur Corridor is not only a corridor, it also could be a reason to connect people.”
The Prime Minister offered ‘ardaas’ (prayers) to Guru Grant Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs and sat to listen to gurbani during his visit.
On Thursday, both the countries had agreed to open the corridor for the Sikh devotees for Baba Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has also invited former cricketer and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for the groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpura corridor, which will take place on November 28.
Recently, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had attended Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony in Islamabad in August, had said that Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa hinted at opening of the route to Gurdwara Kartarpura Sahib on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, which will be observed in November next year.
Earlier this month, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take up with the Pakistan government the issue of opening the corridor from Dera Baba Nanak to Kartarpur Sahib.
Last month, Pakistan had said that its decision on opening the corridor connecting the two Sikh shrines (Kartarpura Sahib, Pakistan and Dera Baba Nanak, India) will depend on whether India holds any dialogue with Pakistan or not.
The corridor is being built to facilitate Indian pilgrims to visit the holy Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpura in Pakistan – where Guru Nanak spent 18 years.
Kartarpura is situated in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province, close to Indo-Pak border. It was established by the first Sikh Guru in 1522. The first Gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpura Sahib, was built here, where Guru Nanak Dev is said to have died.
Kartarpura Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district.