Kartarpur Corridor to reopen shortly

Kartarpur: A view of the Integrated Check Post (ICP) of the Kartarpur Corridor at Kartarpur in Narowal district of Punjab, Pakistan inaugurated by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Nov 9, 2019. The first lot of 500 pilgrims from India reached Pakistan’s Kartarpur to pay obeisance at the shrine of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, after the opening of the historic corridor between the two countries on Saturday. Courtesy: IANS

New Delhi, Nov 16 Ahead of the upcoming Gurpurab, the birth anniversary of first Sikh guru Guru Nanak, the government is set reopen the Kartarpur Corridor with Pakistan shortly.

Decision came following a meeting of BJP MPs from Punjab with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.

However, the Sikh pilgrims have already been allowed to travel to the Kartarpur gurudwara via the Attari-Wagah border.

Earlier during the last week, Pakistan, which had twice this year denied the permission for a visit by Sikh pilgrims to the country, too had urged the Indian government to reopen the corridor.

Inaugurated in 2019, the corridor was closed last year in March after the Covid-19 outbreak.

The decision to reopen the corridor has came at a time when the assembly elections in Punjab, slated for early next year, are drawing nearer.

Citing the significance of Gurupurab, the Centre had recently decided that a ‘jatha’ of around 1500 pilgrims will be allowed to visit Pakistan from November 17-26, 2021 via the Attari-Wagah Integrated Check Post.

Source: IANS