New Delhi, Nov 22 (UNI) The Union Food Processing Minister and Akali leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Thursday welcomed the cabinet decision for building and development of Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to International Border.
“On Shiromani Akali Dal’s persistent requests, the cabinet has given green signal to opening up of Kartarpur Sahab corridor. Eternally grateful to Narendra Modiji and the entire cabinet for taking this historic decision,” Ms Badal tweeted.
“We used to pray for “Khule Darshan Deedar” of those Gurdhaam which have been separated from us. Today, the Cabinet of Indian Govt has given green signal to opening of #Kartarpurcorridor . Every Sikh in India is awaiting for similar gesture now from Pakistan,” she wrote in another missive.
Talking to reporters, Ms Badal said, “Now, Pakistan will have to walk the talk” in reference to
Congress leader and Punjab Minister claiming recently that the new Pakistan government under Imran Khan had decided to open the corridor to Sikh pilgrims to visit Kartarpur Sahib following his visit to the country.
“The Kartarpur corridor will provide smooth and easy passage to pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib throughout the year. Government of Pakistan will be urged to reciprocate and develop a corridor with suitable facilities in their territory,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted after the cabinet meeting.
It may be mentioned here that on November 20, the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has issued over 3,800 visas to Sikh pilgrims from India to participate in the birthday anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak Dev in Pakistan from November 21 to 30, 2018.
Under the framework of the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, a large number of Sikh Yatrees (travelers) from India visit Pakistan to observe various religious festivals/occasions every year.
The over 3,800 visas issued by the Pakistan High Commission are in addition to the visas issued to Sikh pilgrims participating in the event from other countries, a Pakistan government source said.