NAROWAL: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday formally inaugurated the ‘historic’ Kartarpur Corridor to facilitate entry of Sikh pilgrims from India into Gurdwara Dera Sahib at Kartarpur in Narowal district of Pakistan.
PM Imran Khan arrived in Kartarpur for the inauguration ceremony of the corridor on the occasion of Baba Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th birth anniversary.
The premier arrived from Islamabad via Sialkot and was accompanied by Special Assistant on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan, Senator Javed Khan, Special Assistant to the PM for Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari and other officials.
Earlier, former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu arrived for the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor.
Indian Punjab’s Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was also part of the caravan led by Manmohan Singh.
On his arrival, former Indian premier Manmohan Singh terming the occasion a “big moment” said that they were all happy because it had been a desire of Sikhs to visit their religious sites in Pakistan for 70 years.
“I hope India and Pakistan relations improve enormously as a result of this beginning,” Manmohan Singh added.
The Corridor is being opened on the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, beginning from Tuesday.
The landmark project initiated on the directives of Imran Khan as a peace-building measure for the region and to promote interfaith harmony, is entirely funded and executed by Pakistan as a gift for the Sikh community.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, as a mark of utmost facilitation, has waived off the condition of passport and the fee for pilgrims, who are visiting Pakistan, on the day of the inauguration of the corridor and Guru Ji’s birthday.
Initially, 5,000 yatrees (pilgrims) per day are expected to come from India.