India allows Sikhs to visit Kartarpur after one year

Published November 17, 2021
AMRITSAR: Sikh pilgrims collect their passports from Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee officials on Tuesday on the eve of travelling to Pakistan to celebrate the 552nd birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev.—AFP
AMRITSAR: Sikh pilgrims collect their passports from Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee officials on Tuesday on the eve of travelling to Pakistan to celebrate the 552nd birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev.—AFP

NEW DELHI: India gave the green light for thousands of Sikh pilgrims to cross the border into Pakistan from Wednesday ahead of the birth anniversary of the religion’s founder Guru Nanak.

The Kartarpur Corridor, a visa-free crossing allowing Indian Sikhs to visit the temple in Pakistan where Guru Nanak died in 1539, first opened in 2019 for Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary but was closed last year because of the pandemic.

India’s Home Minister Amit Shah announced that the corridor will re-open from Wednesday ahead of Nanak’s birth anniversary celebrations this Friday.

“In a major decision, that will benefit large numbers of Sikh pilgrims, PM @narendramodi govt has decided to re-open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from tomorrow,” he said on Twitter.

“I am sure that (the) govt’s decision to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib corridor will further boost the joy and happiness across the country,” Shah added.

Published in Dawn, November 17th, 2021

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