NEW DELHI: Pakistan on Tuesday welcomed the first batch of Indian Sikh pilgrims for Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary.
About 500 pilgrims entered Pakistan through the Wagah border crossing and will participate in the religious ceremony of 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.
On July 26, the visas were issued by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. These visas were issued under the basis of Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974.
Presently, the government of Pakistan is taking a number of initiatives, including the opening of Kartarpur Corridor, just to make the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak unforgettable.
Pakistan had announced earlier this year the work on Kartarpur Corridor to be accomplished before the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.
The corridor is providing visa—free access to Indian Sikh pilgrims to the Gurdwara in Kartarpur Sahib — a small town in Narowal, four kilometers from the Pak-India border, where Sikhism’s founder Baba Guru Nanak spent the last 18 years of his life.
The revolutionary of the project on the Pakistani side was done by Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan at Kartarpur Sahib on November 28, 2018.
Pakistan had shared its draft of Kartarpur Corridor Accord with India and invited its delegation for a visit to negotiate the document in January of 2019.
The memorable words of Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi were so remarkable. His words were showing the great enthusiasm for making good relationship between India and Pakistan and for showing the deep passion for Sikh community.
“I am extremely happy to be part of this historic ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor,” Qureshi said.
“Pakistan always wanted to fulfill the demand of opening of the Kartapur crossing but it couldn’t happen due to stressed relations between India and Pakistan,” he said.