The India cabinet today approved the construction of the Kartarpur corridor up to the international border. The Modi government has also said that it will ask Pakistan to build a similar corridor in its side of the border.
However, even before the Indian announcement, Pakistan, on its part, had decided to begin building the Kartarpur corridor later this month, with Prime Minister Imran Khan reportedly laying the foundation for the project.
Pakistan has already conveyed to India it's decision to open Kartarpura Corridor for Baba Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary. PM Imran Khan will do break ground at Kartarpura facilities on 28th November. We welcome the Sikh community to Pakistan for this auspicious occasion.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) November 22, 2018
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"approached and urged the Pakistan government to recognize the sentiments of Sikh community and build a corridor with suitable facilities in their territory to facilitate easy and smooth visits of pilgrims from India to Kartarpur Sahib https://t.co/2QTgrWqzWO
— Suhasini Haidar (@suhasinih) November 22, 2018
The Kartarpur corridor will provide smooth and easy passage to pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib throughout the year. Government of Pakistan will be urged to reciprocate and develop a corridor with suitable facilities in their territory.
— राजनाथ सिंह (@rajnathsingh) November 22, 2018
Govt of India will develop a Kartarpur Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur, Punjab to the international border to facilitate pilgrims from India to visit the holy Gurudwara Darbaar Sahib Kartarpur on the banks of Rabi river in Pakistan where Guru Nanak Devji spend 18 years
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) November 22, 2018
I thank the Govt. of India from the core of my heart and take a bow! I request the Hon’ble PM of Pakistan @ImranKhanPTI Sahib to take reciprocal steps for opening the Kartarpur Sahib corridor and spread Baba Nanak’s message of universal brotherhood and peace across the Globe.
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) November 22, 2018
It was announced by Pakistan yesterday that the government had decided to begin building the Kartarpur corridor later this month.
According to officials, while a date for beginning the construction has not set, the government wants to coincide the announcement with the arrival of Sikh pilgrims, who are currently in the country to observe the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji, the founder of the Sikh faith.
They further said that a survey in this regard has already been conducted, and the government plans to complete the corridor’s construction by next year.