India rejects Pakistan’s offer to reopen Kartarpur corridor for Sikh pilgrims
NEW DELHI – India on Saturday turned down an offer made by Pakistan for the reopening of the Kartarpur Corridor on June 29 to facilitate Sikh pilgrims.
New Delhi, according to Indian media, said that cross border travel has been temporarily suspended due to coronavirus.
Earlier today, the Ministry of Affairs, Pakistan said in a statement that Pakistan has conveyed its readiness to the Indian side to reopen Kartarpur Corridor on 29 June 2020 on the occasion of the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh.
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The Kartarpur Corridor was inaugurated on 09 November 2019 by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The opening of the Corridor on the eve of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak fulfilled the long awaited desire of Sikh devotees of the international community.
The Kartarpur Corridor is a true symbol of peace and religious harmony. This landmark initiative by the Government of Pakistan has been immensely appreciated by the Sikh community all over the world including India. The first Guru of Sikhism, Baba Guru Nanak Saheb, had spent the last 18 years of his life in Kartarpur.
The Corridor was temporarily closed on 16 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the religious places are gradually opening up around the world, Pakistan has also made necessary arrangements to reopen Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for Sikh pilgrims.
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