Hundreds of Indian Sikhs to make historic pilgrimage to Pakistan

The Kartapur Corridor will be opened on Saturday

The Kartapur Corridor will be opened on Saturday

It will be easy to pay obeisance at the Darbar Sahib gurdwara after the opening of the Kartarpur corridor, Modi said at a gathering in Dera Baba Nanak.

Some fathers ran, carrying their children on their shoulders.

The Corridor would give a visa-free access to the Indian Sikhs to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, the second holiest shrine of their faith, located some 4.1 kilometers from the Indian border in Pakistan.

"Generally people say that God is everywhere".

Dubbed as "Zero Point", the corridor includes a bridge stretching for one-kilometre over the Ravi River, flowing between the two countries.

The shrine is visible from the Indian side of the border, and Sikhs would often gather on bluffs to view the site from the Indian side.

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When Pakistan was carved out of colonial India at the end of British colonial rule in 1947, Kartarpur ended up on the western side of the border, while most of the region's Sikhs remained on the other side.

A total of 562 pilgrims were part of the first "jatha" who visited Gurdwara Darbar Sahib on the first day of the pilgrimage, a Home Ministry official said. Khan inaugurated the corridor by removing a curtain that was lifted by hot air balloons in the presence of thousands of Sikhs from across the world including India.

State of the art arrangements made for the Sikh community.

The fumble by Pakistan over the requirement of passports for Sikh pilgrims visiting Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur from India via a objective built land "corridor" in Dera Baba Nanak, may be a sign of the times across the border.

The corridor's opening inspired a singular message of gratitude from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his Pakistani counterpart.

"The credit of this historic day goes to Prime Minister Imran Khan who has spoken for the protection of rights of minorities in accordance with the Islamic teachings and the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah", he added.

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"It should improve and I'm hoping that it will improve". He said Pakistan and India can resolve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue. No one can deny my friend Imran Khan's contribution.

Saturday's opening comes on the 30th anniversary of Wall's demise. But we never imagined we would ever be able to see it and have these feelings'.

Pakistani authorities have called it the biggest Sikh shrine in the world.

He said the Muslims and Sikhs shared religious values as Baba Guru Nanak had also taught oneness of Allah and had spent a long time here in this area.

In the agreement, Islamabad has kept a service fee of $20 for Sikh pilgrims visiting the Corridor from the Indian side, unchanged.

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