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On the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti India requested Pakistan for a corridor so that Sikh pilgrims can visit Gurudwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev.
Pakistan responded within hours Thursday to India's request for a corridor.
At a meeting headed by prime minister Narendra Modi, union cabinet approved the building of Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan, on the banks of the river Ravi where Guru Nanak spent 18 years of his life.
Pakistan conveyed the decision within hours, saying that they are ready to build the passage. According to media reports, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan would perform the ground-breaking ceremony on November 28.
It is indeed a great gift for the Sikh pilgrims from the government since they will be able to visit the shrine throughout the year.
Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry took to his Twitter account and said that the building of Katarpur corridor is a step in the right direction.
Indian Cabinet endorsement of Pakistan’s proposition on #KartarPurBorderOpening is victory of peace lobby in both countries, its a step towards right direction and we hope such steps ll encourage voice of reasons and tranquility on both sides of the border.— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 22, 2018
According to reports, Chandigarh’s CM office issued a statement “The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, and Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, will lay the foundation stone for the Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur, on November 26 on the Indian side, two days prior to the ground-breaking ceremony of corridor passage already announced by Pakistan.”
Pakistan is likely to begin construction on its side of the road later this month. A start date for work on the Indian side is yet to be announced.