United States hails opening of Kartarpur Corridor

Clay Curtis
November 11, 2019

Indian dignitaries who attended the inauguration ceremony Saturday included former prime minister Manmohan Singh with his wife Gursharan Kaur, Union ministers Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal, and the latter's husband and former deputy CM of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal.

"Congratulations to India and Pakistan on this initiative".

"It was the Almighty who was behind the opening of the corridor", he told the gathering.

Navjot Singh Sidhu has often heaped uncritical admiration for the Pakistan PM Imran Khan while turning a blind to the terrorism emanating from Pakistan. The visa-free trip comes despite strained ties between the two countries over the disputed region of Kashmir.

Months of clashes and tit-for-tat cross-border air raids across the frontier in February sparked fears of wider war.

Guru Nanak Dev spent last 18 years of his life at Kartarpur Sahib, which has now become the world's largest Sikh Gurdawara.

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Indians have struggled make the pilgrimage due to longstanding hostility between the neighbors, who have fought three wars since independence.

"If the Berlin Wall can be demolished, if the Kartarpur Corridor can be opened, then the temporary boundary of the Line of Control can also be ended", Mr. Qureshi said, raking up the Kashmir issue during his address on the occasion.

The crossing was first proposed in 1999 but it would take two decades before the passage would be completed.

Khan went on to urge Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to work for a negotiated settlement to the Kashmir dispute so the two countries can jointly fight poverty and bring regional prosperity to their two nations.

The border corridor, under a bilateral pact, would give year-round visa-free access to about 5,000 Indian Sikhs each day to the temple, arriving in the morning and returning in the evening. However, each visitor would be required to pay a fee of Dollars 20.

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