ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has conveyed its readiness to the Indian side to reopen the Kartarpur Corridor on Saturday (June 27) on the occasion of the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, the Dispatch News Desk (DND) news agency reported.
The Kartarpur Corridor was inaugurated on November 9, 2019 by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The opening of the Corridor on the eve of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak fulfilled the long-awaited desire of Sikh devotees of the International Community.
The Kartarpur Corridor is a true symbol of peace and religious harmony. This landmark initiative by the government of Pakistan has been immensely appreciated by the Sikh community all over the world including India.
The first Guru of Sikhism, Baba Guru Nanak Saheb, had spent the last 18 years of his life in Kartarpur.
The Corridor was temporarily closed on March 16, 2020 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“As the religious places are gradually opening up around the world, Pakistan has also made necessary arrangements to reopen Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for Sikh pilgrims,” the Foreign Office said in a statement on Saturday.
“To ensure adherence to the health guidelines, Pakistan has invited India to work out necessary standard operating procedures (SOPs) for reopening of the Corridor.”
As places of worship open up across the world, Pakistan prepares to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for all Sikh pilgrims, conveying to the Indian side our readiness to reopen the corridor on 29 June 2020, the occasion of the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) June 27, 2020