Here’s why Kartarpur corridor was big-hearted gesture by Pakistan under PTI’s regime

Here’s why Kartarpur corridor was big-hearted gesture by Pakistan under PTI’s regime

April 12, 2022 0
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On Apr, journalist and editor, Zaidi Hassan took to his Twitter account where stated that back when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was in power, its Kartarpur corridor project earned Pakistan most praise, “It doesn’t matter who initiated the project, fact remains that Khan sahab ko is kaam pe bohat duaein mili hongi,” Hassan added.

Click here to see the journalist’s thread on the gesture he thinks had a ‘human face.’

Why it matters:

Hassan further stated that he visited Kartarpur back in 2014, “The visa-free corridor was all people there wanted to talk about.” According to the journalist, the inauguration raised Pakistan’s standing internationally, “It was a big-hearted gesture with a human face.” Hassan believes that families separated during partition now meeting up in Wahe Guru Ji’s courtyard is evident of Kartarpur corridor’s success.

Image: Al-Jazeera

What you need to know:

The Kartarpur corridor is a visa-free border that allows Indian Sikhs to visit Guru Nanak’s tomb, which is just 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) within Pakistan. The corridor reopened in 2019 to commemorate Nanak’s 550th birthday, but was forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. The corridor links Pakistani and Indian Punjab, the birthplace of Sikhism, which was partitioned after the two countries gained independence from Britain in 1947.

Image: Al-Jazeera

The shrine’s history:

The shrine was built to mark Guru Nanak’s final 18 years of life spent there. After Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Pakistan, the place where Guru Nanak was born, Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is regarded as the second holiest shrine for Sikhism. The holy place was originally established in 1925, but it was destroyed due to heavy flooding. Later, in 2004, the Pakistani government restored it.

Mahnoor Tariq
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