Lahore, Nov 8: Sikh pilgrims from across the globe have begun arriving here ahead of the opening of the Kartarpur corridor on Saturday to mark the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak on Novemebr 12.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will see off the first group of pilgrims from India at Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur, in Punjab.
They will be welcomed by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the shrine of Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak at Kartarpur, just four kms inside Pakistan.
India signed the agreement with Pakistan on October 24 on the modalities for operationalization of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at Zero Point, International Boundary, Dera Baba Nanak.
The deal allows for up to 5,000 pilgrims a day to cross a secure corridor and bridge between the two countries.
The custodian of the Kartarpur shrine, Ramash Singh Arora on Thursday said he hoped the initiative would pave the way for similar access to other Sikh sites in Pakistan in the future.
“For over 70 years, pilgrims haven’t had the chance to cross over, to come over, and that is just... it’s just... it’s going to be a really emotional moment,” said Karan Deep Singh, a pilgrim from Malaysia, told Dawn newspaper.
Kartarpur is about 118 km from Lahore in Narowal district and lies on the banks of the Ravi river. It was here Guru Nanak lived for 18 years before he died there in 1539. (UNI)