Kartarpur Corridor: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid obeisance at the Ber Sahib Gurudwara in Sultanpur Lodhi on Saturday ahead of Kartarpur Corridor inauguration. He was accompnied by Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on the visit. The Kartarpur Corridor, allowing Indian pilgrims to visit one of Sikhism's holiest shrines in Pakistani town of Narowal without a visa, will be opened on Saturday. The corridor links Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur in India to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak. The Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib is located across Ravi river in Pakistan and is about four km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab. It is a rare and landmark people-to-people initiative in the midst of their strained bilateral ties between India and Pakistan.
Punjab: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays obeisance at the Ber Sahib Gurudwara, in Sultanpur Lodhi. pic.twitter.com/txVhmydb7j— ANI (@ANI) November 9, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the corridor on the Indian side while his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan will attend a similar event on the Indian side.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the passenger terminal building of the Kartarpur Corridor which will connect the Dera Baba Nanak in India's Punjab with Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province. He will flag off the first batch of over 500 Indian pilgrims that will travel to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib through the Kartarpur Corridor which is being thrown open on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev. The first batch of pilgrims include former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Akal Takht jathedar Harpreet Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, former CM Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Singh Badal, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Navjot Singh Sidhu. SGPC members and all the 117 MLAs and MPs from Punjab including ministers are also part of the 'jatha'.
The prime minister will inaugurate passenger terminal building, also known as Integrated Check Post, where pilgrims will get clearance to travel through the newly-built 4.5 km-long Corridor. The Corridor connects Dera Baba Nanak with Darbar Sahib -- also called Kartarpur Sahib -- the last resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, in Narowal district in Pakistan.
He will also participate in a public programme at Dera Baba Nanak.
The inauguration of the ICP check post will facilitate Indian pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.
India had signed an agreement with the neighbouring nation on October 24 on the modalities for operationalisation of the corridor at 'Zero Point' of the international boundary at Dera Baba Nanak, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the five-day festival on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev began in Dera Baba Nanak and Sultanpur Lodhi on Friday and will conclude on November 12.
The prime minister will be presented a 'siropa' (robe of honour) by Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee for participating in the celebrations, former SGPC chief Jagir Kaur, who is incharge of celebrations, said.