Dera Baba Nanak (Punjab): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday thanked his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan for respecting the emotions of India as he flagged off the primary pilgrimage to Darbar Sahib in Pakistan after inaugurating the Kartarpur Hall right here.
Within the first-of its-kind event in seven a long time, Modi despatched the primary lot of 500 pilgrims to go to Darbar Sahib, additionally referred to as Kartarpur Sahib, the final resting place of first Sikh Guru Nanak Dev, in Narowal district in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
“Visit to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib will become easy now,” Modi stated on the Kartarpur Hall inauguration occasion earlier than opening the state-of-the-art Built-in Test Publish for the hall that connects Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district with the historic Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara throughout the border in Pakistan.
The hall was inaugurated forward of the 550th delivery anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founding father of Sikhism, which falls on November 12.
“I thank all who have been associated with the construction of the corridor,” Modi stated, including that he additionally thanked “Imran Khan for understanding Indian sentiments with respect to the Kartarpur Corridor and worked in that direction within the timeframe”.
Donning a saffron turban, Modi, in his half-an-hour deal with on the perform organised by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), stated the hall and the Built-in Test Publish would serve 1000’s of devotees each day.
“It is my honour to have inaugurated the corridor today. Guru Nanak’s teachings are being translated into various languages so that the next generation can also be enriched by them. We must vow to imbibe the preachings of Guru Nanak, which are still relevant,” Modi, who was bestowed with the ‘Kaumi Seva Puraskar’ by the SGPC, stated.
“Every Sikh Guru, starting from Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh, has made efforts for the unity, defence and security of India. It is this tradition which has been carried forward by the Sikhs in the Independence struggle and thereafter in protecting the country,” the Prime Minister stated.
Expressing gratitude to UNESCO for serving to in spreading the message of Guru Nanak Dev, Modi stated that after the abrogation of Article 370, Sikh households in Jammu and Kashmir might additionally train rights like different Sikhs throughout the nation to go to Kartarpur Sahib.
Modi additionally launched a commemorative coin and stamp within the honour of Guru Nanak Dev.
Earlier than flagging off the primary batch of ‘jatha’ (delegation) led by Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, Modi and different leaders partook ‘langar’ (neighborhood kitchen) together with Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore and state Congress President Sunil Jakhar.
The primary batch of pilgrims included former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, former Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Modi briefly interacted with Manmohan Singh, who was accompanied by his spouse Gursharan Kaur.
Members of the SGPC and all of the 117 legislators and MPs from Punjab had been additionally a part of the delegation.
Earlier within the day, Modi paid obeisance on the extremely revered Sikh shrine in Sultanpur Lodhi.
Sporting a saffron scarf, Modi hung out on the Gurdwara Ber Sahib positioned alongside the banks of the holy ‘Bein’, which is linked with many occasions within the lifetime of Guru Nanak Dev.
Modi was obtained by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Union minister Harsimrat Badal.
In the meantime, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated the Sikh neighborhood on the 550th delivery anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and stated that the opening of the Kartarpur Hall was an affidavit to Pakistan’s dedication to regional peace.
He inaugurated the hall in Punjab province in Pakistan.
“Want to congratulate those worked on the corridor,” Geo Information quoted Khan as saying whereas addressing the inauguration ceremony in Kartarpur.
“I did not know my government was so efficient. Want to congratulate them again for completing the complex in record time,” he stated.
Khan arrived on the hall inauguration ceremony utilizing the shuttle service being utilized by the pilgrims.
He was accompanied by International Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Particular Assistant on Info Firdous Ashiq Awan, Senator Javed Khan and Particular Assistant to PM for Abroad Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari, amongst different officers.
The Kartarpur shrine is the place the place Guru Nanak Dev spent the final 18 years of his life.
India had signed an settlement with Pakistan on October 24 on the modalities for the operationalisation of the 4.2 km lengthy four-lane Kartarpur Sahib Hall on the Zero Level on the Worldwide Boundary.
The Union Cupboard handed a decision on November 22, 2018 to have a good time the historic event of 550th delivery anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in a grand and befitting method all through the nation and throughout the globe.
The Cupboard additionally accepted the constructing and growth of the Kartarpur Hall from Dera Baba Nanak to the Worldwide Boundary to facilitate pilgrims from India to go to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib by way of out the 12 months in a easy and straightforward method.
The 4.2 km hall has been constructed at a price of Rs 120 crore.
The state-of-the-art passenger terminal constructing is constructed on 15 acres of land. The totally air-conditioned constructing akin to an airport has over 50 immigration counters for facilitating about 5,000 pilgrims a day.
The settlement signed with Pakistan gives a proper framework for operationalisation of the Kartarpur Hall.
As per the settlement, Indian pilgrims of all faiths and individuals of Indian origin can use the hall; the journey might be visa free; pilgrims want to hold solely a sound passport; individuals of Indian origin want to hold OCI card together with the passport of their nation; the hall is open from daybreak to nightfall.
Nonetheless, the ticklish subject of a $20 service payment imposed by Islamabad remained unresolved. Which means that every customer must pay the service payment.