Thursday, July 7, 2022

Pakistan pushes India to reopen Kartarpur Corridor for pilgrims

On the second anniversary of the Kartarpur Corridor’s inauguration, Pakistan urged India to reopen it and enable Sikh pilgrims to enter.

For months, pilgrims have been unable to travel between Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan and the Indian border due to Covid restrictions.

Islamabad will host Sikh pilgrims from November 17-26. The Pakistani Foreign Office wants India to let pilgrims reach the temple via the corridor.

Kartarpur corridor reopened in June 2017 after being closed in March owing to rare illness transmission.

Despite the reopening of overseas travel, a Sikh official said India had yet to open its sacred destinations.

The passage will be reopened on Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary, with Pakistan allowing 3,000 Sikh pilgrims from around the world to visit.

Imran Khan launched the Kartarpur Corridor in 2019 on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th birthday. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres named it a “Corridor of Hope” in February 2020.

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