UNSG welcomes the opening of the Kartarpur corridor

UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres welcomed the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor on Saturday and said the initiative paves the way for interfaith harmony and understanding.

In a historic initiative from town to town, the prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan On Saturday he inaugurated the historic corridor that links Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Guru nanak Dev, to the sanctuary of Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur of Punjab.

The Gurdwara Darbar Sahib is located on the other side of the Ravi River in Pakistan and is about four kilometers from the Dera Baba Nanak Shrine in Gurdaspur.

We welcome #Pakistan and #India that open today the #KartarpurCorridor that connects two key Sikh pilgrimage sites, paving the way for harmony and understanding between religions by facilitating cross-border visits without pilgrims' visa to sanctuaries, tweeted the spokesman for the Secretary General.

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Under the agreement between Pakistan and India, 5,000 pilgrims from India can visit the sanctuary daily and the amount can be increased in the future.

The passport requirement and the USD 20 service fee have been exempted for Saturday and November 12 by Pakistan.

Separate events were organised on both the sides of the border to launch the much-awaited corridor ahead of founder of Sikhism Guru nanak Dev's 550th birth anniversary on November 12.

The opening of the corridor takes place amid frayed ties between India and Pakistan after the decision of New Delhi in August to withdraw the special status of Jammu and its division into two territories of the Union.

Despite a chill in bilateral relations over Kashmir, India and Pakistan after hard negotiations they signed an agreement last month, paving the way for the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor on November 9.

Guru nanak Dev spent the last 18 years of his life at Kartarpur Sahib, which has now become the world's largest Sikh Gurdwara.