Islamabad: The long-awaited Kartarpur Corridor project has finally been completed, and will be inaugurated by Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on November 9 – a news source reported. The terminal for the border has been built only a few hundred metres away from Zero Point; with buses having been provided to shuttle the pilgrims to Kartarpur Sahib.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his satisfaction with the arrangements being made for the opening of Kartarpur corridor on Nov 9. Speaking on the matter, he said that he had waived off the condition to carry a passport for Sikh pilgrims in order to provide them with the best facilities during their celebrations marking the 550th birthday of Baba Guru Nanak.
Presiding over a meeting to review the arrangements being made for the opening of the corridor, the prime minister said that the corridor is now ready to welcome Sikh pilgrims from across the world. The premier stated that the Sikhs wishing to cross over into Pakistan to take part in Guru Nanak’s birthday celebrations would only have to prove their identity because they would be coming from the Indian side after thorough security checks.
The meeting was also attended by Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah and secretaries of the ministries of religious affairs, foreign affairs, defence and finance.
The four-kilometre-long corridor would provide Sikh pilgrims visa-free travel between Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, and the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district, India. The corridor will allow up to 5,000 Indian Sikhs access to Kartarpur daily.