KARTARPUR CORRIDOR TO RE-OPEN FOR PILGRIMS TO VISIT SHRINE IN PAKISTAN

The Central government has decided to re-open the Kartarpur Corridor in Punjab for Sikh pilgrims to visit shrine in Pakistan, the move comes ahead of Gurpurab. Union Minister of Home Amit Shah tweeted, “In a major decision, that will benefit large numbers of Sikh pilgrims, PM @Narendramodi govt has decided to re-open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from tomorrow, Nov 17”. “This decision reflects the immense reverence of Modi govt towards Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and our Sikh community…The nation is all set to celebrate the Prakash Utsav of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji on the 19th of November and I am sure that PM @NarendraModi govt’s decision to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib corridor will further boost the joy and happiness across the country,” he added.

 

The decision to reopen comes after BJP leaders from Punjab issued a memorandum to the Prime Minister requesting the re-opening of the corridor. The Kartarput corridor which opened in November 2019was closed last year in March, due to the growing number of cases of Cavid-19. Pakistan had also urged India to do the same so that Sikh pilgrims could visit the holy birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev. the corridor allows Sikh pilgrims to cross the international border without a visa to visit the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib. 

 

It is said that the move to open the border at this moment of political turmoil around, and elections in the state coming next year, could bring in some support for the BJP. 

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