Religion has the power to bring people together and the Kartarpur Corridor is one such perfect example where the Sikhs from all over the world will gather and be connected at a platform to pay respects to their Guru Nanak.
The Kartarpur Corridor will connect Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak.
Sikh leader Professor Dr. Kalyan Singh Kalyan has expressed pleasure that the longstanding desire of Sikhs to visit one of their holiest places in Pakistan will be fulfilled.
He said the government of Pakistan was committed to protection of rights of minorities in the country and especially thanked the government and people of Pakistan for this great initiative.
President, Pakistan Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Satwant Singh has said that the teachings of Baba Guru Nanak revolved around peace and humanity.
He said opening of Kartarpur Corridor was a great gift for the Sikh community.
Satwant Singh said Pakistan is a pure land for Sikh and has same status for the Sikh community as Makkah and Madinah for Muslims.
He said Pakistan government and its nation are peace loving and this gesture resonates with the inter-faith harmony espoused by Baba Guru Nanak.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has temed the Kartarpur corridor a perfect example of inter-faith harmony as its completion would further promote peaceful co-existence of people from various beliefs and civilizations.
She said the devotees belonging to Sikh community from India and other parts of the world could perform their religious rituals freely in Pakistan after completion of this project.
She said since Kartarpur corridor was a sacred place for Sikh community, the government was committed to ensure timely completion of the corridor for facilitating them in Pakistan, besides promoting inter-faith harmony.
Special Assistant to PM Syed Zulfikar Bukhari believes that Prime Minister Imran Khan made “courageous” decision within three month of his assumption of office as
Kartarpur was sacred to the Sikhs community, saying no one could stop
Pakistan from completing this project.
He said Pakistan was determined to promoting religious
tourism to attract maximum number of tourists from across the globe.
“Religious tourism has great potential to attract a large number of
religious tourists, including Sikh and Buddhists to Pakistan,” he said,
pointing out that there are also a number of Buddhist sites in Pakistan from Swat to Azad Kashmir.