What Is Kartarpur Corridor Agreement

The highway, known as the kartarpur corridor, has its name from the gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib, which is located in Pakistan, and across the Ravi River. It is only 4.5 kilometers from the Indian border and is close enough to be seen from India on a clear day. In a media interview, Mohammed Faisal, a senior Pakistani Foreign Ministry official who signed the agreement, said Prime Minister Imran Khan would officially open the corridor on November 9. The corridor will also have a bridge that will allow visitors to cross the Ravi River, which flows between the international border and the sanctuary. During the tenure of Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the opening of the Kartarpur crossing was first discussed in 1998. After further discussions during bus diplomacy in 1999, Pakistan renovated the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara and made it available for visit from the Indian border. [36] [37] The tensions that resulted from the Kargil war had virtually destroyed relations between India and Pakistan. However, it was reported that General Pervez Musharraf had given a “green signal” for the construction of a corridor, said The chairman of the Pakistani committee Gurdwara Prabandhak Lt.-Gen. Javed Nasir. [38] On 26 November 2018, the first stone was laid on the side of India; Two days later, on November 28, 2018, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan did the same for the Pakistani side.

The corridor was completed on November 12, 2019 for the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak. [11] Khan said: “Pakistan believes that the path to prosperity in the region and the bright future of our future generation is at peace,” adding: “Pakistan opens not only the border, but also its heart to the Sikh community.” [12] [13] Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi compared the two countries` decision to continue the corridor with the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 and said the project could help ease tensions between the two countries. [14] Meanwhile, Amarinder Singh, Prime Minister of Punjab in India, first condemned the corridor as a conspiracy by Pakistani secret services ISI to lead an all-party delegation to Kartarpur Sahib once the corridor was inaugurated. Historian Fakir S. Aijazuddin, who lives in Lahore, called it a “unique experience” in cross-border relations between India and Pakistan. He claimed that the universality symbolized by the guru Nanak could bring people of all religions together. [103] The corridor has been described as the legacy project of Guru Nanak, which represents his way of life[104] and was considered a “warm” exchange between the two Punjabs. [105] A special episode was devoted to the Kartarpur corridor in the Hindi television series Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala. [106] Sunny Deol stated that the Kartarpur Sahib corridor would help maintain peace between India and Pakistan. [107] [108] Many Sikh pilgrims congratulated Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and former Punjab Sidhu Minister, whom they thanked for opening the corridor. [94] The U.S.

State Department also welcomed the opening of the corridor. [109] India asserts that both parties agree on all issues relating to the Kartarpur Corridor, with the exception of the $20 service charge that Pakistan intends to impose on Sikh pilgrims. A disagreement on this issue has even led to a delay in the introduction of online registration for pilgrims who intend to visit the shrine. India and Pakistan also decided that the corridor would be operational year-round and seven days a week and that pilgrims, with the exception of children and the elderly, would have the choice of visiting it as individuals or as groups.

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