The first batch of pilgrims entered Pakistan via the Kartarpur Corridor on Saturday on their way to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the passenger terminal building of the Kartarpur Corridor which connects the Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Punjab with Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province.
The corridor is being thrown open just days before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on November 12.
The corridor which links the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, to the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in this Punjab district was inaugurated on the Pakistani side by Khan. He will also receive the Indian Sikh pilgrims, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
PM Modi also flagged off the first batch of over 500 Indian pilgrims that will travel to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province through the Kartarpur corridor.
Modi also paid obeisance at the Gurudwara Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab while he was on his way to the inaugural ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Modi thanked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for understanding India’s sentiment on the issue of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor.
Modi said that the corridor and the Integrated Check Post would serve thousands of devotees daily and bring happiness to the people. It will be easy to pay obeisance at the Darbar Sahib gurdwara after the opening of the Kartarpur corridor, he said at a gathering in Dera Baba Nanak.