Islamabad: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Saturday welcomed the inauguration of Kartarpur corridor that opens the way for Indian Sikhs to visit one of their religion’s holiest sites in Pakistan without a visa, saying it would promote inter-faith harmony and understanding between the two countries.
The corridor, which links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur, was formally opened by Prime Minister Imran Khan at a colourful ceremony in Kartarpur on Saturday. In a tweet, the UN chief said the corridor, which connects two key pilgrimage sites, would pave the way for “communication and understanding” between the neighbouring countries.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday inaugurated the much-anticipated Kartarpur Corridor project that would give visa-free access to the Indian Sikhs to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.
He was accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Interior Minister Brig (retd) Ijaz Shah, Religious Affairs Minister Pir Nurul Haq Qadri, special assistants Dr Firdous Ashiq and Zulfiqar Bukhari, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar and Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, and diplomats.