Kartarpur (Pakistan): Arch-rivals India and Pakistan will throw open the Kartarpur Hall on Saturday which can present for Indian pilgrims to go to one in every of Sikhism’s holiest shrines in Pakistani city of Narowal with no visa, in a uncommon and landmark people-to-people initiative within the midst of their strained bilateral ties over Kashmir.
The hall hyperlinks Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur in India to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, the ultimate resting place of Sikh religion’s founder Guru Nanak.
The Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib is situated throughout Ravi river in Pakistan and is about 4 km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.
The inauguration of the hall comes within the midst of frayed ties between India and Pakistan following New Delhi’s determination in August to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s particular standing and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the hall on the Pakistani facet whereas his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will attend the same occasion on the Indian facet.
“This is a momentous occasion for us. We are so happy. The corridor should have been built long back,” stated Manjit Singh, a Sikh from Gurudaspur.
In an interplay with a gaggle of Indian journalists, Pakistan International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday termed as “historic” the opening of the hall however made it clear that the initiative was not a sign of Pakistan’s willingness to have interaction in dialogue with India.
The Pakistan International Minister known as the Kartarpur Hall initiative a shining instance and gesture of goodwill from Prime Minister Khan, saying it’s a reflection of his deep respect for Sikhism and Guru Nanak.
However their strained ties over Kashmir, India and Pakistan signed an settlement final month, paving the way in which for the inauguration of the Kartarpur hall. In line with the pact, Pakistan will enable 5,000 Indian pilgrims day by day to go to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.
On August 5, India introduced the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir”s particular standing below Article 370 and the bifurcation of the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Pakistan reacted angrily to the choice and even expelled Indian Excessive Commissioner to Islamabad