ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the incumbent Indian government’s mindset is the greatest hurdle towards peace in our region today.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the prime minister said that today is the second anniversary of the Kartarpur Corridor – a Corridor of interfaith harmony that allows India’s Sikh community special access to one of their holiest sites.
Imran Khan said that the Kartarpur Corridor reflects my government’s commitment to minority rights and interfaith harmony.
The prime minister said that our commitment comes at a time when we are witnessing a descent into systematic persecution of Kashmiris, Indian Muslims, and other minorities by the ideological Hindutva Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of India.
On November 9, 2019, Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the Kartarpur Corridor, fulfilling a decades-old demand of the Sikh Community to have an access to one of their holiest places in Pakistan without any territorial impediments.
The opening of the Kartarpur Corridor in November 2019 had coincided with the 550th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of the founder of Sikhism Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
However, the Corridor was closed down in March 2020 following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now with the birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak around the corner, thousands of Sikh pilgrims still await the reopening of the Corridor by the Indian government.