Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday flagged off the first batch of over 500 Indian pilgrims that will travel to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib of Pakistan’s Punjab province through the Kartarpur Corridor which is being thrown open on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev.
Modi inaugurated the passenger terminal building, also known as Integrated Check Post, where pilgrims will get clearance to travel through the newly-built 4.5 km-long Corridor.
The Corridor connects Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Punjab with Darbar Sahib -- also called Kartarpur Sahib -- the last resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, in Narowal district in Pakistan.
The first jatha of Sikh pilgrims enters Pakistan through Kartarpur corridor.
Both the shrines are dedicated to the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, whose 550th birth anniversary is being celebrated.
“I would like to thank the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan Niazi for respecting the sentiments of India,” said PM Modi at the Gurdaspur Gurudwara. Modi added that he was fortunate to dedicate Kartarpur corridor to the country.
Here Are The Key Highlights:
The corridor will facilitate visit of devotees to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur
• The first batch of Indian pilgrims has left the passenger terminal but is waiting for the gate to open.
•PM Modi exchanges pleasantries with predecessor Manmohan Singh before flagging off the first batch that left for Kartarpur
•PM Modi inaugurates state-of-the-art Passenger Terminal Building at the integrated check post at Dera Baba Nanak
•PM Modi inaugurates integrated check post of Kartarpur Corridor, flags off jatha
•PM Modi, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and other leaders at a ‘langar’ in Dera Baba Nanak
•PM Modi heads for inaugurating integrated check post and flagging off first jatha
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•Thank all who have been associated with construction: PM Modi
•Opening of Kartarpur Sahib corridor before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devi Ji has brought us immense happiness: PM Modi
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•Congratulate timely completion of Kartarpur Corrdior: PM Modi
•Thank you Imran Khan Niyazi, says PM Modi
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•PM Modi listens to the kirtan at Dera Baba Nanak wearing a saffron turban
•Sunny Deol, Union Minister Hardeep Puri and Shiromani Akali Dal’s Sukhbir Badal at Dera Baba Nanak
•Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu arrives at Integrated Check Post of Kartarpur Corridor
•PM Modi attends programme at Dera Baba Nanak, in Punjab
•First batch of Sikh pilgrims from India arrive in Pakistan through the Kartarpur Corridor
•Camera and laptop not allowed to carry with first jatha going to Kartarpur. Only mobile phones are allowed.
•Leaders of various political parties arrived at passengers’ terminal to go with first jatha
•PM Modi leaves for Kartarpur Corridor inauguration from Sultanpur Lodhi.
•PM Modi pays obeisance at Ber Sahib Gurudwara, in Sultanpur Lodhi.
•PM will inaugurate Integrated Check Post of Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur, today
•PM Modi arrives at Sultanpur Lodhi to pay obeisance at the Ber Sahib Gurudwara
“Opening of Kartarpur corridor and integrated check post will bring double happiness,” he said at Dera Baba Nanak. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was praised earlier by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Akali Dal patriarch Parkash Singh Badal for making the opening of Kartapur corridor possible.
Badal said Narendra Modi was a “world leader” and acknowledged prime minister’s role in the opening of the corridor after 72 years of efforts by the community.
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh also praised the prime minister and cautioned Pakistan against pushing a divisive agenda in Punjab and Kashmir.
Capt Singh said it was a “historic day” for every Sikh who has been praying daily for ‘khulle darshan didar’ (unhindered access and prayers) at Kartarpur Sahib shrine.
“I’ve been to Nankana Sahib twice but this will be my first visit to Kartarpur Sahib. I will pray for Punjab and our country,” said the CM.
PM Modi will also see off the first batch of pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib through the Corridor. Giani Harpreet Singh of the Akal Takht is leading the 500-member Indian delegation that also includes former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, her husband and Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal and several ministers, MPs and MLAs from Punjab.
The Prime Minister will declare open the Integrated Check Post at the passenger terminal building at Gurdaspur.