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Ahead of Punjab polls, Kartarpur corridor connecting India and Pakistan re-opens

Last Updated on November 17, 2021 at 12:30 pm

Just few months ahead of crucial Punjab assembly elections, the government of India has re-opened the Kartarpur corridor on Wednesday that was shut owing to the pandemic.

The decision has given much relief to the Sikh pilgrims who wish to see the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib revered by millions of community members across the globe. Kartarpur corridor is the only link between India and Pakistan where Sikh pilgrims visit in morning and return by evening.

 “In a major decision, that will benefit large numbers of Sikh pilgrims, PM @Narendramodi govt has decided to re-open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from tomorrow, Nov 17. This decision reflects the immense reverence of Modi govt towards Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and our Sikh community,” Union Home Minister Amit Shah Tweeted.

He stated “The nation is all set to celebrate the Prakash Utsav of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji on 19th of November and I am sure that PM @NarendraModi govt’s decision to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib corridor will further boost the joy and happiness across the country,”

Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district of Punjab was inaugurated in November 2019 as a visa free entry point for pilgrims.

While the ties between India and Pakistan are still under stress due to continuous terror attacks by Pak backed ultras in Kashmir, the decision to re-open Kartarpur corridor is being seen as an olive branch by BJP to the Sikh voters who are annoyed by the saffron party due to three farm laws and agitation going on for over a year for their withdrawal.