Prime Minister Modi Thanks Pakistan's Imran Khan For 'Cooperation' on Sikh Corridor

FO Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal says govt was working on other initiatives for promoting religious tourism. — DawnNewsTV  File

The Cabinet had also approved the building and development of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak to the worldwide boundary, to facilitate pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, round the year, in a smooth and easy manner.

"I would like to thank the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, for respecting the sentiments of India".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the "historic" opening of the Kartarpur Corridor said, "It is a corridor for the nation".

Meanwhile, the first batch of Indian pilgrims have already arrived in Kartarpur in Pakistan. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh and ministers Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal will also be in attendance.

The inauguration of the corridor comes in the midst of frayed ties between India and Pakistan following New Delhi's decision in 5 August to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories.

"Despite repeated reminders, you have not responded to whether or not the government has granted me permission to go to Pakistan for the inauguration ceremony of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur corridor".


In a Facebook post, he said the corridor will be opened to the public on November 9.

The design of the PTB Complex has been inspired by the symbol "Khanda" which represents the values of oneness and humanity. The passage up to the Zero Point on the International Border will also be covered.

The opening comes just days ahead of the Guru Nanak's 550th birthday on November 12 - an anniversary of huge significance for the global Sikh community, and which may also have played a role in the timing.

The spokesman's reaction came after the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that the visit by Sikh pilgrims to Kartarpur Gurdwara via the newly established corridor would be conducted in accordance with the agreed bilateral agreement governing the corridor's operations.

In the agreement, Islamabad had kept a service fee of $20 for Sikh pilgrims visiting the Corridor from the Indian side, unchanged. "We have a memorandum of understanding (MoU), it hasn't been changed and as per it passport is needed".

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