Kartarpur corridor, which allows Sikh pilgrims to travel visa-free to the Kartarpur Gurdwara in Pakistan via the Attari-Wagah border, reopens today after 20 months. The Union Government yesterday announced the reopening of the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara corridor from today, ahead of Gurupurab – the Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji on Friday. In a series of tweets, Home Minister Amit Shah said, reopening the Kartarpur Corridor will benefit a large number of Sikh pilgrims. He said, this decision reflects the immense reverence of the Modi Government towards Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji and our Sikh community. The nation is all set to celebrate the Prakash Utsav of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji on Friday. He said, Modi Government’s decision to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor will further boost the joy and happiness across the country.
Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh thanked Prime Minister and Home Minister for their decision to reopen the corridor. He tweeted that it will provide a chance to thousands of devotees to pay obeisance at the holy shrine on the occasion of Guru Purab of Guru Nanak Dev ji.
Earlier, leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) in Punjab met President Ram Nath Kovind and Amit Shah requesting that the corridor be reopened.
The proposal for the special corridor was first pitched back in 1999 by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his then Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. Sikh pilgrims from India earlier used to take a bus to Lahore to eventually get to Kartarpur, which made the journey almost 125-kilometres long. The Kartarpur Corridor was inaugurated on 9th November, 2019 to mark the 550th Parkash Guruparab (Birth Anniversary) of Guru Nanak.