United Nations, Nov 10: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, saying the initiative paves the way for interfaith harmony and understanding.
In a historic people-to-people initiative, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday inaugurated the historic hall linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the ultimate resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab’s Gurdaspur.
The Gurdwara Darbar Sahib is situated throughout the Ravi River in Pakistan and is about 4 kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur. 'We welcome #Pakistan and #India opening #KartarpurCorridor today connecting two key Sikh pilgrimage sites, paving way for interfaith harmony and understanding by facilitating visa-free cross border visits by pilgrims to holy shrines,' spokesperson for the Secretary General tweeted.
As many as 5,000 Indian pilgrims will be able to use the passageway every day. The requirement of passport and the 20 dollar service charge have been waived for Saturday and for November 12 by Pakistan. UNI