Kartarpur corridor set to open, External Affairs Ministry asks pilgrims to carry passports

RSTV Bureau
Gurdaspur: Construction works underway at the Kartarpur Corridor in Pakistan side, as Gurdwara Darbar Sahib is seen in the background, Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. India and Pakistan on Thursday signed a landmark agreement to operationalise the historic Kartarpur Corridor to allow Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the holy Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. (PTI Photo)

Gurdaspur: Construction works underway at the Kartarpur Corridor in Pakistan side, as Gurdwara Darbar Sahib is seen in the background, Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. India and Pakistan on Thursday signed a landmark agreement to operationalise the historic Kartarpur Corridor to allow Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the holy Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. (PTI Photo)

The stage is set for the launch of the Kartarpur corridor connecting Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab with Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Kartarpur Corridor tomorrow.

Amid confusion over requirement of passports for the Indian pilgrims visiting the shrine, the Ministry of External Affairs has asked the pilgrims to carry their passports.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the pilgrims must carry the documents which are stated in the MoU.

He also said that Pakistan has not reverted over the list of the 550 delegates given by India that will be part of the inaugural jatha. He asked akistan to ensure adequate security to Indian dignitaries attending the event.

India has also lodged a strong protest over a video released by Pakistan on the Kartarpur corridor featuring photos of three Khalistani separatist leaders, including Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.

Raveesh Kumar said that India has demanded that they remove the objectionable video and also some printed material which is being circulated promoting ant-India propaganda.

The Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province is located 4.5 km from the Indian border.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, Union Ministers Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal are among the 550 pilgrims who are expected to attend the inaugural ‘jatha’ to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib through Kartarpur corridor.

The Sikh community has termed the opening of the corridor a historic move.