In a significant decision, the Union Cabinet approved the building and development of the Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to the worldwide border, in order to facilitate pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur on the banks of the Ravi river, in Pakistan, where Shri Guru Nanak Devji spent eighteen years.
Members of Sikh Jatha leave for Pakistan on a special train to celebrate the 550th birthday anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh faith, being held from November 21 to November 30 in Pakistan, from Attari Railway Station in Attari, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. With the Cabinet approving the development of a corridor to enable smooth passage of pilgrims seeking to visit Guru Nanak's final resting place at Kartarpur across the border, India "approached and urged" Islamabad to develop the passage on its side too so as to facilitate unrestricted flow of devotees. As major attraction for pilgrims and tourists, a heritage complex at Sultanpur Lodhi, "Pind Babe Nanak da" to be developed to depict life in the times of Shri Guru Nanak Devji. The first Gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, was built here, where Guru Nanak Dev is said to have died.
According to the details, Sidhu made a telephone call to senator Faisal Javed Khan and conveyed his sentiments saying that the Sikh community's longstanding demand had been fulfilled by the Pakistani government. UNESCO will be requested to publish Shri Guru Nanak Devji's writings in world languages.
Highlighting on the key points for the development on the issue, Singh said that a High-Level Committee chaired by him will regularly review, monitor and oversee the implementation of activities to celebrate the anniversary of Guru Nanak.
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It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Imran Khan will break ground on the Kartarpur facilities on Nov 28.
Kartarpur is located in Shakargarh in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab. He had also said that Pakistan has shown "positive intent" in providing access to the historic shrine.
"I wrote to the external affairs minister that it's being portrayed that Pakistan government gave a green signal over the Kartarpur Corridor, but that our government is doing nothing from its side". He had said it was the responsibility of the Indian government to make a formal request to Pakistan for it. "There is no official communique from Pakistan on this", Badal had said.
"We welcome the Sikh community to Pakistan for this auspicious occasion", the Minister added.