With Indian government's reopening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from its side on Wednesday, Gurdwara Darbar Sahib received a healthy footfall of devotees on the eve of Gurupurab.
Kartarpur Corridor located in Pakistan's Narowal district across the Ravi river, about four kilometers from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine reopens to pilgrims long to visit historic shrine.
The Sri Kartarpur Sahib corridor-- linking Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Gurdaspur to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal, Pakistan--was Closed in March 2020 in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Pilgrimage to the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara was suspended in March 2020 because of the Covid-19 outbreak. Captain Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu have urged PM Modi to restart it ahead of Gurupurab.
The Kartarpur Corridor was closed after travel restrictions were imposed due to Covid-19 last year.
Former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal wrote to PM Narendra Modi about a land swap proposal between India and Pakistan for the merger of the holy shrine at Kartarpur Sahib with India in exchange for a suitable chunk of land elsewhere.
Pakistan's transfer of the Gurudwar's control to a non-Sikh body is against the spirit of historic Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, the MEA said.
In November last year, Pakistan and India separately inaugurated the historic corridor on their sides of the border.
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The Pakistan PM raked up the Kashmir issue at the inaugural ceremony of Kartarpur corridor.
The former prime minister was part of the first batch of the Indian pilgrims who went through the cross-border corridor Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.
Modi inaugurated the corridor and flagged off the first batch of over 500 Indian pilgrims who will travel to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province through the Kartarpur corridor, being thrown open days ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on November 12.
The Kartarpur Sahib Corridor linking Dera Baba Sahib in Gurdaspur in India and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan will be thrown open on Saturday, in a historic people-to-people initiative sparking a glimmer of hope for improvement in ties between the two countries.
The foundation stone for the Kartarpur Corridor was laid down on the Indian side on November 26, 2018. Two days later, the foundation stone was laid on the Pakistani side.
Pak PM Imran Khan last week announced that no fee would be charged from Indian Sikh pilgrims on the opening day of the corridor on November 9 and on Sikhism founder Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary.
Sidhu had earlier written to MEA asking "if he didn't get a response to visit Pakistan, then he will proceed as a devotee visa.'
Navjot Singh Sidhu has written three times to the MEA seeking permission to attend the inauguration of the corridor in Pakistan.
The MEA said conflicting reports were coming from Pakistan on whether Indian pilgrims would require passport to visit the Darbar Sahib shrine.
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