Kartarpur Corridor project can bring Pakistan, India closer: Governor Punjab

09:15 PM | 1 Nov, 2019
Kartarpur Corridor project can bring Pakistan, India closer: Governor Punjab

LAHORE – Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar Friday said that Kartarpur Corridor project could help ease tension between Pakistan and India.

Briefing the media persons after a meeting with a delegation of Sikh pilgrims, who reached here along with gold-plated 'Palki' at Governor's House, he said that Pakistan had always opened its doors for Sikh yatrees from India in any situation, adding that Federal and provincial governments were working round-the-clock to put in place steps in connection with 550th birthday celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak.

The governor said that Prime Minister Imran Khan would inaugurate Kartarpur Corridor project on November 9, adding that any politician from India including Manmohan Singh, who wanted to visit Pakistan on the inauguration ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor project would be welcomed.

A luncheon would be arranged at Governor's House for Sikh yatrees, visiting to attend the 550th birthday anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak, he added.

Ch Sarwar said that India tried to hatch conspiracies to disrupt Kartarpur Corridor project, but the government of Pakistan was committed to opening it in any circumstances, adding that the corridor would also help in lessening tensions between the two countries.

He said that undoubtedly, Kartarpur Corridor project was a historic initiative of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, whereas the international community had also lauded Pakistan's decision to open the Corridor.

He said that all arrangements including security were being finalised to facilitate and protect the Sikh yatrees as about 100,000 Sikh yatrees across the world including 10,000 from India would reach here to attend the birthday anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak.

He said that CCTV cameras had been installed at Gurudwara Janum Asthan and other locations, whereas for the accommodation of Sikh yatrees, besides special tent city, special arrangements have also been made at local government buildings and Gurdwara.

He said that federal and provincial governments, besides the ETPB officials, were working hard to provide 100 per cent healthcare facilities to the Sikh pilgrims, adding that in this regard two mobile hospitals would also extend healthcare services to yatrees round-the-clock.

The Sikh yatrees appreciated the government efforts for making effective arrangements in Nankana Sahib.

MPA Mahindarpal Singh, Secretary Evacuee Trust Property board Tariq Wazir, Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Parbhandak Committee President Sardar Satunat Singh, Harvinderpal Singh Sarna, DC Lahore and others were also present.