NAROWAL: (Anmol Newa) Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday inaugurated the Kartarpur Corridor; a border corridor between Pakistan and India, connecting the Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.
The corridor is being opened on the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev Ji beginning from Tuesday, to facilitate entry of Sikh pilgrims from India into Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Narowal.
Addressing the ceremony, the premier termed the corridor a gift for the Sikh community around the world -as they can now reach their holy place within no time- while adding that love and tolerance are the two traits that can bring lasting change in the sub-continent and around the world.
“True leaders unite the people of all religion, colour, creed and caste and fight all elements that divide them for greatness (of nations) lies in unity,” said the premier.
Imran Khan told the huge crowd that soon after becoming the PM, he approached his Indian counterpart and urged him to cooperate with his government in opening new avenues for the people of two countries in order to rise up to the challenge of rising poverty in Pakistan and India but to no avail.
The premier maintained that he reminded Modi that Pakistan and India can both benefit from mutual trade and tourism if they resolve the Kashmir issue amicably but the Modi government took a step backward and illegally annexed the disputed territory.
The PM also paid homage to Frontier Works Organization (FWO) for completing the project in record time.
‘Sikh Community will never forget this favour by Imran Khan’
Earlier, while, addressing the ceremony, former Indian cricketer and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu paid tribute to PM Imran Khan for “acting as a brave and courageous leader” by taking this historic step.
“The Sikh community is know for its bravery and steadfastness and I am speaking on behalf of the whole community, not only thank you but assure you that we will never forget this great act of yours,” said Sidhu.
He was of the view that Imran Khan showed exemplary courage by taking this huge step without thinking about political repercussions like other political leaders.
Former Indian PM Manmohan Singh, Chief Minister of Indian Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh and a huge number of Sikh pilgrims have arrived at the holy site for the historic ceremony.