Islamabad (Web Desk): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday said that Pakistan will reopen Kartarpur Corridor for all the Sikh pilgrims on June 29.
In a tweet, the foreign minister said Pakistan has conveyed its readiness to the Indian side to reopen Kartarpur corridor on Monday on the occasion of the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh.
As places of worship open up across the world, Pakistan prepares to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for all Sikh pilgrims, conveying to the Indian side our readiness to reopen the corridor on 29 June 2020, the occasion of the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh.— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) June 27, 2020
The Corridor was temporarily closed on 16th of March 16 this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To ensure that necessary precautions are taken, Pakistan has invited India to discuss standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the reopening.
The Kartarpur Corridor was inaugurated on 09 November 9, 2019 by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The opening of the Corridor on the eve of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak fulfilled the long awaited desire of Sikh devotees of the international community.
A statement by the Foreign Office said the Kartarpur Corridor is a symbol of peace and religious harmony.
The Kartarpur Corridor is a true symbol of peace and religious harmony. This landmark initiative by the Government of Pakistan has been immensely appreciated by the Sikh community across the world.
The first Guru of Sikhism, Baba Guru Nanak Saheb, had spent the last 18 years of his life in Kartarpur.
As the religious places are gradually opening up around the world, Pakistan has also made necessary arrangements to reopen Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for Sikh pilgrims.