Lahore (Web Desk): The Indian government on Tuesday announced to reopen Kartarpur Corridor, allowing Sikh pilgrims to travel to Pakistan to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.
The corridor will be opened on November 17, two days ahead of the commencement of the celebrations in Kartarpur.
In a tweet, Indian Union Minister Amit Shah Tweeted that the Modi government has decided the reopening of Kartarpur Corridor from November 17, which will benefit a large number of Sikh pilgrims.
Shah said that the decision "reflects the immense reverence of Modi government" towards Baba Guru Nanak and Sikhs.
Pakistan and India had closed the corridor in March 2020 to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Pakistan authorities had already announced their decision to reopen the corridor earlier this month. The country is likely to allow around 8,000 Sikh pilgrims from around the world to participate in the birthday celebration.
Meanwhile, around 3,000 Sikh pilgrims from India are set to arrive in Pakistan via the Wagah border on November 17.
Under the leadership of Sardar Surbir Singh, a group of 10 Afghan Sikh pilgrims from Afghanistan have already reached Pakistan via the Torkham border. Among them are six women. Another group of 24 Afghan Sikh pilgrims is also expected to visit Pakistan soon.
During their stay in Pakistan, the Sikh Yatrees would pay obeisance at different Gurdwaras including Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.