New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will lay the foundation stone for Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur, on November 26, news agency ANI reported on Thursday. It must be noted here that Pakistan had agreed to open Kartarpura Corridor on Baba Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary. Also Read - China-India Relations Now at New Starting Point, Says President Xi Jinping
Earlier in the day, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had tweeted, “Pakistan has already conveyed to India its 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.” Also Read - Amid Lockdown, Punjab Govt Announces Rs 20 Crore For Free Food, Medicines to Poor People
The decision came after the Union Cabinet had approved the building and development of Kartarpura Sahib corridor between Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district and the International Border, aimed at providing easy access to pilgrims the holy Gurudwara in Pakistan.
Many political leaders also welcomed the decision of the government. Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said that this decision is above politics. This will be recorded in history in golden words.
Recently, Indian cricketer-turned-politician 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.
India and Pakistan share a bilateral Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines that was signed in 1974. 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.