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Kartarpur Gurdwara To Remain Closed For Non-Sikhs On Guru Gobind Singh's Birth Anniversary: Pakistan

Notwithstanding A Chill In The Bilateral Ties Over Kashmir, India And Pakistan After Tough Negotiations Signed An Agreement In October, Paving The Way For The Inauguration Of The Kartarpur Corridor On November 9.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Fayiq Wani | Updated on: 02 Jan 2020, 07:07:01 AM
The historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur will be closed for local non-Sikh visitors for three days from Friday.

The historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur will be closed for local non-Sikh visitors for three days from Friday. (Photo Credit: Twitter)

New Delhi:

The historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur will be closed for local non-Sikh visitors for three days from Friday in connection with the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh. "The (Pakistan) government has decided to close Kartarpur Sahib for three days from January 3 to 5 for non-Sikh visitors to exclusively hold a Sikh event - celebration of birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh at the Kartarpur Complex Narowal," Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETBP) spokesperson Amir Hashmi told news agency PTI.

"The main event of the 10th Guru of Sikh religion Gobind Singh's birth anniversary will be held at Kartarpur on January 5. In addition to 2,000 Pakistani Sikhs, officials of the ETPB and Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbhandhik Committee will also participate in it," the official said, adding that strict security measures have been taken to avert any untoward incident.

Notwithstanding a chill in the bilateral ties over Kashmir, India and Pakistan after tough negotiations signed an agreement in October, paving the way for the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor on November 9. The agreement allows 5,000 Indian pilgrims daily to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib where Guru Nanak spent last 18 years of his life.

"The main event of the 10th Guru of Sikh religion Gobind Singh's birth anniversary will be held at Kartarpur on January 5. In addition to 2,000 Pakistani Sikhs, officials of the ETPB and Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbhandhik Committee will also participate in it," the official said, adding that strict security measures have been taken to avert any untoward incident.

In February 1999, the Kartarpur corridor was proposed by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee when he took a bus ride to Lahore during a peace initiative with Pakistan. It links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district.

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First Published : 02 Jan 2020, 07:07:01 AM

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