Indian High Commission officials in Pakistan denied access to visiting Sikh pilgrims

Indian High Commission officials in Pakistan denied access to visiting Sikh pilgrims

Amid there is a big tribute for the Sikh pilgrims that India and Pakistan will be united for them.

". We have approached and urged the Pakistan government to recognise 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 throughout the year", he said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will lay the foundation stone for the corridor on the Pakistani side on November 28, while on November 26, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and President Ramnath Kovind will do the same on the Indian side.

He also appealed to the Pakistan government to reciprocate the Indian government's great initiative and respect the sentiments of the Sikh "Sangat" all across the world in this regard.

Kartarpur is located in Shakargarh in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab. The 550th birth anniversary of the revered Sikh figure is next year. It is where Baba Guru Nanak settled down after his travels as a missionary.

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Even though Pakistan, on 19 September, had claimed that there was no formal communication with India regarding the construction of the Kartarpur Corridor, The Express Tribune reported that Pakistan has made a decision to begin the project later this month.

In a joint statement, the Leader of Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Harpal Singh Cheema and chief spokesperson MLA Baljinder Kaur, also appealed to the Centre to simplify visa requirements to visit other religious places in Pakistan as well.

Pakistan has also chose to open the corridor on its side of the border and Prime Minister Imran Khan will lay the foundation stone this month, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a Tweet.

"The Government of India has been oscillating on its position on the opening of the Kartarpur corridor". Pakistan welcomes the Sikh community to Pakistan to celebrate the auspicious day.

Calling the Indian cabinet decision a victory for the peace lobby in both countries, Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry said New Delhi's move was an endorsement of Islamabad's proposition on the issue. He had also said that Pakistan has shown "positive intent" in providing access to the historic shrine.

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