A BJP delegation led by party general secretary Dushyant Gautam, state president Ashwini Sharma and other leaders from Punjab will meet the Prime Minister. Narendra Modi To submit a memorandum around Sunday afternoon for the reopening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, which was closed since March last year due to COVID-related restrictions.
The meeting comes days after SGPC president BB Jagir Kaur and former Union minister and Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal wrote to the Prime Minister demanding it. Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu has also emphasized on a similar demand.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office says they have not heard of India’s demand to reopen the corridor now that Covid-19 cases are declining.
November 19 marks the birth anniversary of Sikh Guru Guru Nanak and the second anniversary of the opening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, which was inaugurated by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on November 9, 2019, on the eve of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. ,
As per the Pakistan-India bilateral agreement, 3,000 Indian Sikh pilgrims may be allowed to enter Pakistan for the Gurpurab celebrations.
Meanwhile, the Indian government is allowing 1,500 pilgrims to visit religious places in Pakistan through the Attari-Wagah Integrated Check Post between November 17 and 26, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said last week. The Ministry of External Affairs also pointed to occasions in June this year when Pakistan did not allow Sikh jathas to visit Pakistan for various Gurdwara visits.
This time, those traveling will be allowed to visit Nankana Sahib and Gurdwaras of Lahore, Hasan Abdal, Kartarpur and Farooqabad.
Village Kartarpur is situated on the west bank of river Ravi where Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji spent the last 18 years of his life. Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib falls in the Narowal district of Pakistan, about 4.5 km from the International Border, near the historic town of Dera Baba Nanak, District Gurdaspur, Punjab. The Indian side of Dera Baba Nanak – Sri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor comprises a 4.1 km long four-lane highway from Dera Baba Nanak to the International Border and a state-of-the-art Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) on the International Border.