28 Sikh pilgrims from India arrive in Pakistan on the first day of the Kartarpur corridor reopening

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The first group of 28 Sikhs from India arrived at the holy Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan on Wednesday.

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  • The pilgrimage was postponed in March 2020 after the Covid-19 outbreak began.
  • The responsibility of caring for the holy places of minorities in Pakistan rests with the ETPB.
  • Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi called the reopening of the Kartarpur corridor a good development.

Lahore: The first group of 28 Sikhs from India arrived at the holy Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan on Wednesday using the visa-free corridor. Women were also included in this. In early March 2020, the pilgrimage was postponed after the Kovid-19 outbreak started. Similarly, more than 2,500 Sikh Indians came to Pakistan from across the Wagah border. All these devotees will participate in the annual program organized on the anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism. Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) spokesperson Amir Hashmi said: “28 Sikhs from India, including women, arrived in Kartarpur Sahib on the first day (Wednesday) after the Indian government reopened the corridor.”

The responsibility of caring for the holy places of minorities in Pakistan rests with the ETPB. Hashmi said that the executive director (CEO) of the Kartarpur corridor, Muhammad Latif, the head of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak committee, Sardar Amir Singh, and Dr. Mampal Singh welcomed the Indian pilgrims. He said that the pilgrims spent several hours in the gurdwara and returned to their country after completing religious rituals.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi called the reopening of the Kartarpur corridor a good development. Speaking to the media outside Parliament in Islamabad, Qureshi said: “I welcome Sikh pilgrims on behalf of the Government of Pakistan and the people of Pakistan. Sikh pilgrims will come to visit their holy sites through this corridor. from today”.

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More than 2,500 Indians crossed the Wagah border to reach Pakistan on foot. An official said: “The queue of passengers had been lined up since 6 am on Wednesday. The process was slow due to immigration and tests of vaccines and other related to COVID, which caused a lot of inconvenience to the pilgrims.” He said that unlike the previous practice, this time the devotees would come here on foot instead of by train. This time they came on foot and that lengthened the entire immigration process.

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