In a landmark peace move, the Pakistan government opened the Kartarpur Corridor today, permitting Indian pilgrims to visit the revered Sikh Guru’s final resting place without a visa.
The three-kilometer corridor provides visa-free access to Sikh pilgrims, allowing them to travel to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, where Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, spent the final years of his life. The passage links Narowal district to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur in Punjab, India.
The project, touted by many as the ‘corridor of peace’ between the two arch rivals, was completed in a record period of eleven months.
Many took to social media to share their sentiments over the historic move. Celebrities such as Mahira Khan, Mawra Hocane, Armeena Khan and others took to social media to share their thoughts and congratulated the government.
Two different nations and two different stories. You decide! (Abusive comments will be blocked and reported so don’t bother) #KartarpurCorridor Congratulations Pakistan for taking the road to tolerance and respect today. I am feeling really good today. #peaceistheway pic.twitter.com/j1nA1HOrJW— Armeena 🦋 (@ArmeenaRK) November 9, 2019
I welcome the Sikh brethren to Pakistan. #KartarpurCorridor is a road to peace & religious harmony. Beautiful scenes at the opening of corridor. I can see the priceless happiness on the faces. Special contribution of @ImranKhanPTI & @sherryontopp is highly appreciated. pic.twitter.com/RrKfok7oVB— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 9, 2019
Mr Prime Minister, thank you for leading with so much compassion and empathy. We as a nation are proud of looking up to you as our leader and a beacon of peace in the region. @ImranKhanPTI #PakistanOpensKartarpur #KartarpurCorridorForPeace— Momina Mustehsan (@MominaMustehsan) November 9, 2019
Starting today, the Kartarpur Corridor will allow thousands of Sikh devotees to perform religious rituals at the shrine. Earlier, Sikh pilgrims had to travel by road to Lahore and then to Narowal to perform their rituals at the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib.
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