Kartarpur Corridor Agreement:A Sign of Prosperity
Pakistan and India have lastly signed an agreement to open the Kartarpur corridor for Indian Sikh visitors to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib – one of the most holy place for Sikhs – without a visa.
The corridor is about six kilometers long – will connect Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, the lag of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev Ji, with Dera Baba Nanak Sahib, another Sikh holy site in the Indian state of Punjab.
Dr Mohammad Faisal, director general at the Foreign Office, and Indian Ministry of Home Affairs Joint Secretary S.C.L. Das signed the agreement at the Pakistan-India border in Narowal.
Under the agreement, the corridor will remain open seven days. The pilgrims would arrive in the day and leave by evening.
After the signing ceremony, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Faisal said that as per the initiative of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the agreement has been signed while a formal inauguration of the project will be held on November 9.
It is in the last stages of construction. Hundreds of laborers are still busy putting finishing touches to the gurdwara and its expansion, which is spread across 42 acres. The corridor will also feature a bridge that will allow visitors to cross over the Ravi river, which flows between the border and the shrine.
Kartarpur Corridor opening is consider to be a good and optimistic sign for Pak-India relationship which became very complicated from two months. Pak Govt. give a positive gesture by signing this agreement and hopefully it will bring prosperity and fresh air of happiness for Kashmiris as well as Pakistan and India’s relation.