Reopening of Kartarpur
Corridor pleasing; Sikh
Community congratulated

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NEW DELHI: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that it is pleasing that the Kartarpur Corridor has re-opened after a gap of one and half years.
In the address to the nation, the Prime Minister also extended greetings to the people on the occasion of Dev Deepawali and Prakash Parv “I extend my greetings to all on the occasion of Dev Deepawali and Prakash Parv. It is pleasing that the Kartarpur Corridor has re-opened after a gap of 1.5 years,” said PM Modi.
“Guru Nanak ji had said ‘Vich Duniya Sev Kamaiye, Taan Dargah Baisan Paiyeea’. It means that only by taking the path of service to the nation can life turn out well. Our government has been working with this sense of service, to make the lives of people easy,” he said.

Kartarpur Corridor

Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Guru Nanak Gurpurab, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru and is considered one of the most sacred festivals among Sikhs. The day is celebrated on the full moon day of the Kartik month as per the Hindu calendar. It is also marked as Kartik Poornima.
In a major decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government decided to re-open the Kartarpur corridor from November 17. It was shut in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The visa-free 4.7-kilometre long corridor joins the Indian border to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. It became operational in 2019.
More than 20 months after the Kartarpur corridor was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a jatha of Sikh pilgrims from India crossed over to Pakistan on Wednesday ahead of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.
Pakistan had issued around 3000 visas to Indian Sikh pilgrims on the eve of the 552nd Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev from November 17-26.

Sikh pilgrims at Kartarpur

Earlier in this year, Pakistan has denied permission to Sikh pilgrims from India on two occasions in June this year– one on the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev Ji and the second on the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Ji, the MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.
Visas of the Sikh pilgrims have been issued under the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, which provides for the visit of Sikh pilgrims from India to Pakistan for the birthday celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak.
The 1974 Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines between India and Pakistan is a set of principles that was implemented while keeping in view the sentiments and devotion of the various communities in the two countries.

Charanjit Singh Channi arrives

Indian Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, along with his cabinet members, visited the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur through Kartarpur Corridor, here on Thursday.

Channi, with a group of 30 people, visited Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur on the second day of the reopening of the route, which remained suspended for some 20 months following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Evacuee Trust Property Board spokesperson Amir Hashmi said that another delegation of Sikh Yatrees from India also visited the gurdwara.

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi with Punjab Cabinet Minister addresses media at Kartarpur corridor.

The first batch of 28 Indian Sikhs, including women, visited the gurdwara on Wednesday through Kartarpur corridor on the first day of its reopening.

Kartarpur Corridor Project Management Unit Chief Executive Officer Muhammad Latif, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee office-bearers and Gujranwala Commissioner greeted the Sikh Yatrees, who arrived here a day before the annual commemoration of the birthday of Baba Guru Nanak.

Latif said that over 100 Indian pilgrims were expected to visit the historic gurdwara on Thursday.

LAHORE: A Sikh pilgrim showing his Corona clear and other documents at Wagha border.

The Kartarpur Corridor, which links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district, reopened on Wednesday. In a major decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government decided to re-open the Kartarpur corridor from November 17. It was closed in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pakistan has already opened the corridor.
The visa-free 4.7-kilometre long corridor joins the Indian border to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. It became operational in 2019.
A fresh tussle erupted in Punjab Congress following the exclusion of State Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu from Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi-led delegation comprising of state cabinet ministers that is scheduled to visit the Kartarpur Sahib on Thursday.

LAHORE: Sikh pilgrims register their name and other required details.

Some Congress MLAs and officials are also likely to be a part of the ‘jatha’ (group) led by Channi. Following Sidhu’s exclusion from the delegation, Sidhu’s media advisor Surendra Dalal on Thursday informed that the Punjab Congress chief will now visit Kartarpur Sahib on November 20.
Speaking to ANI, Sidhu’s media advisor Surendra Dalal said, “We had submitted all the papers to the Punjab Government yesterday. He was to visit Kartarpur Sahib along with the cabinet today. Now we do not know why Navjot Singh Sidhu has been told by the Punjab government that he can go on November 20 while the whole cabinet is going today.”
Pakistan had issued around 3000 visas to Indian Sikh pilgrims on the eve of the 552nd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev from November 17-26.
The move came keeping in view the significance of the upcoming occasion of Guru Nanak Gurpurab, and the sentiments associated with the religious festival.
Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Guru Nanak Gurpurab, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru and is considered one of the most sacred festivals among Sikhs. The day is celebrated on the full moon day of the Kartik month as per the Hindu calendar. It is also marked as Kartik Poornima. This year the day falls on November 19. (ANI)