Background: Kartarpur Corridor
The Kartarpur Corridor is an outskirt passage among Pakistan and India, interfacing the Sikh places of worship of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib (in Punjab, Pakistan). The hallway is proposed to allow religious fans from India to visit the Gurdwara in Kartarpur, 4.7 kilometers (2.9 miles) from the Pakistan-India fringe, without a visa.
The Kartarpur Corridor was first proposed in mid 1999 by the head administrators of India and Pakistan, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Nawaz Sharif, separately, as a feature of the Delhi–Lahore Bus strategy.
On 28 November 2018, the establishment stone for the Kartarpur hall was laid down by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, on the Pakistani side. On 26 November 2018, the establishment stone was set down on the Indian side. The hall has been finished for the 550th birth commemoration of Guru Nanak Dev on 12 November 2019.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, said Pakistan accepts that the way to thriving of district and splendid eventual fate of our coming age lies in harmony, saying that today (ninth November 2019) Pakistan isn’t just opening the fringe yet in addition their hearts for the Sikh community.
Why Kartarpur Corridor is important?
The hallowed place was built to honor the site where Guru Nanak went through the most recent 18 years of his life. It is viewed as the second holiest site for Sikhism after Gurdwara Janam Asthan, likewise in Pakistan, which was based on the site where Guru Nanak was conceived.
The current place of worship in Kartarpur was worked in 1925 after the first was devastated by floods. It was reestablished by the Pakistani government in 2004.
It has been a longstanding wish of the Sikh people group to open the hallway up, and it makes it a lot simpler and less expensive to go to the altar from India.
“Our wish to go to Kartarpur is finally being fulfilled,” Amandeep Kaur, who lives in the border village of Dera Baba Nanak on the Indian side, told BBC News Punjabi. “We will go and we shall bow our heads there. We have been separated from our Guru for a long time.”
Pakistan PM Imran Khan inaugurates Kartarpur Corridor
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday initiated the much-anticipated Kartarpur Corridor in Punjab territory, preparing for a large number of Indian Sikh explorers to visit the profoundly loved Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara.
The initiation comes in front of the 550th birth commemoration of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, on November 12.
Imran Khan arrived at the Kartarpur corridor Inaugration inauguration ceremony using the shuttle service being used by pilgrims. He was accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Special Assistant on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan, Senator Javed Khan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari and other officials.
Further more, he also said that, “I am always so happy to see the Sikh community who have come here. God lives in the hearts of all of us. All the messengers who have come and gone only ever brought two messages, that of peace and justice.
Prime Minister Imran noted that the lessons that can be drawn from Guru Nanak’s teachings are about bringing people together and not to spread hate.
Former Indian Cricket Navjot Singh Was Also present at Inauguration Ceremony today
Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu was also in attendance at the inauguration ceremony and thanked Khan for making the intense move to build the Kartarpur Corridor “without looking at gains or losses”.
Former Indian PM Manmohan Singh was also a part of Kartarpur Corridor Inauguration Ceremony Today
Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh led the main assignment of Sikh pilgrims as they crossed into Pakistan through the Kartarpur Corridor. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was additionally part of the ‘jatha’
“I hope India and Pakistan relations improve hugely because of this start,” Manmohan Singh told PTV as he strolled towards the Pakistan side, naming the event a “pivotal turning point”.
Sunny Deol Spotted with Usman Buzdar at Inauguration Ceremony Of Kartarpur Corridor
Indian on-screen character and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pioneer Sunny Deol was on Saturday spotted beside to Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar during the initiation service of the Kartarpur Corridor.
Bright Deol, who is likewise a Member of Indian parliament, was prior cited as saying by the ANI, “On the off chance that I won’t go [to Kartarpur], who will? I’ll go for sure. It is my territory and my home.”
Many celebrities and cricket stars took twitter to share their conclusions over the notable move.
Famous people, for example, Mahira Khan, Momina Mustehsan, Armeena Khan, Shoaib akhtar and others took to internet based life to share their musings and saluted the legislature.
Mr Prime Minister, thank you for leading with so much compassion and empathy. We as a nation are proud of looking up to you as our leader and a beacon of peace in the region. @ImranKhanPTI #PakistanOpensKartarpur #KartarpurCorridorForPeace
— Momina Mustehsan (@MominaMustehsan) November 9, 2019
I welcome the Sikh brethren to Pakistan. #KartarpurCorridor is a road to peace & religious harmony. Beautiful scenes at the opening of corridor. I can see the priceless happiness on the faces. Special contribution of @ImranKhanPTI & @sherryontopp is highly appreciated. pic.twitter.com/RrKfok7oVB
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 9, 2019
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) November 9, 2019
Two different nations and two different stories. You decide! (Abusive comments will be blocked and reported so don’t bother) #KartarpurCorridor Congratulations Pakistan for taking the road to tolerance and respect today. I am feeling really good today. #peaceistheway pic.twitter.com/j1nA1HOrJW
— Armeena Khan (@ArmeenaRK) November 9, 2019
Pakistan Opens Kartarpur, A great message by a Sikh Yatri At Inauguration Today.
A friend Zarmina, visited the #KartarpurCorridor and can’t stop raving its beauty & the fact that it was all completed in 8 months. Religious harmony & the facilitation to allow all faiths to practice their beliefs is key to peace. A warm welcome to the #SikhCommunity #Kartarpur pic.twitter.com/YTf410HupN
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) November 8, 2019
Almost 8,000-10,000 pilgrims arrived from around the world to mark Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary.
To facilitate the Sikh yatris, the Pakistan government has installed 130 counters, where their passports will be confirmed or scanned, and permit will be verified.
The Kartarpur Corridor will enable a huge number of Sikh yatris to perform religious ceremonies at the shrine. Prior, Sikh yatris needed to make a trip by street to Lahore and afterward to Narowal to play out their customs at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.