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on November 28, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will lay the foundation stone for the Kartarpur Sahib corridor on the Pakistani side. He has invited the former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu (who is also the Congress leader and Punjab minister) to attend the opening ceremony.
Indian President Ramnath Kovind and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will lay the foundation stone for the same on Indian side on November 26.
This comes a day after India and Pakistan agreed to construct the corridor on their respective sides so that Sikh devotees could worship at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib during the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
ushma’s statement comes hours before Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan lays the foundation stone at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the Kartarpur corridor.
Once built, the Kartarpur corridor will link Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, in Pakistan Punjab’s Narowal district, the final resting place of Guru Nanak. Narowal is also the international border with India, and facilitates Sikh pilgrims across the border.
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu is already in Pakistan to attend the event there. Union minister Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Badal have also reached Pakistan.
The Kartarpur Corridor, which will facilitate the visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, is expected to be completed within six months.
Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. It was established by the Sikh Guru in 1522. The first Gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, was built here, where Guru Nanak Dev is said to have died.
Last week, Pakistan and India announced that they would develop the corridor on their respective side of the border to help Indian pilgrims visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.
Prime Minister Modi had likened the decision by the two countries to the fall of the Berlin Wall, indicating that the project may ease simmering tension between the two countries.
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