Chandigarh: Captain Amarinder Singh, the former Punjab Chief Minister, requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (November 16) to reopen the Kartarpur Corridor before Guru Nanak Jayanti, which falls on November 19.
Captain Amarinder Singh said in a tweet, "I encourage Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji to open the Kartarpur Corridor before November 19, Guru Nanak Dev Ji's birth anniversary, so that people can pay obeisance at the holy temple on this hallowed occasion."
Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry and the Ministry of External Affairs are discussing reopening the Kartarpur corridor. According to insiders, an official announcement of the reopening will be made soon. The 4.7-kilometer visa-free corridor connects the Indian border with Pakistan's Gurdwara Darbar Sahib. In the aftermath of the COVID outbreak, it was closed. The corridor was launched by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in 2019 and became active in 2020. Its reopening will make it easier for lakhs of worshippers, mostly Sikhs, to visit Guru Nanak's ultimate resting place in Pakistan.
Earlier, last week, Navjot Singh Sidhu visited the Dera Baba Nanak gurdwara in Gurdaspur and prayed for the restoration of the Kartarpur Corridor so that worshipers might visit Pakistan's historic shrine.