Shafaqna Pakistan:The Government of Pakistan has fulfilled a long-awaited demand of the Sikh community and Prime Minister Imran Khan is going to inaugurate tomorrow (Nov 9) the extended Gurdwara Darbar Sahib and the Kartarpur Corridor.
The 4.5 km-long corridor connects Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Indian Punjab’s Gurdaspur with Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur located in Narowal district of Pakistan.
A large number of Indian Sikhs will make a historic pilgrimage to Pakistan on Saturday (today), travelling visa-free to one of their religion´s holiest sites under a landmark deal between the two countries.
Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, situated in Kartarpur, is the second holiest place for the Sikh community. This is 120 km away from Lahore and situated in a small village of Kotheypind at the bank of River Ravi — at a distance of only 4 km from Pakistan-India border.
This village is included in Shakargarh tehsil of Narowal district and the beautiful white Gurdwara looks elegantly placed between the grasslands.
It has been said in the agreement reached between Pakistan and India that daily five thousand Sikh yatris (pilgrims) will be allowed to visit the Gurdwara through the Corridor.
To facilitate the Sikh yatris, the government has installed 130 counters, where their passports will be confirmed or scanned, and permit will be verified.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor is the testimony of Pakistan’s commitment to regional peace.
“We believe that the road to prosperity of region and bright future of our coming generation lies in peace,” he said in his message on the eve of the inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor scheduled on Saturday (today).
Congratulating the Sikh community on both sides of the border and the world over on the historic day of inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor, the prime minister said the significance of the event for the Sikh community, on 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji, could be well understood by the Muslims who knew what it meant to visit the holy places.
Pilgrims will be charged $20 each under service charges. However, they will be exempted from paying the charges on the day of the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.
After their immigration process is completed, the pilgrims will reach the Gurdwara by bus through the 4km-long Corridor.