Important Indian politicians, including the Indian Punjab chief minister, visited the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib today, a day before Gurpurab, which marks the birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Baba Guru Nanak.
The Kartarpur corridor reopened on Wednesday and connects Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan (the last resting place of Sikh founder Guru Nanak Dev) to the Dera Baba Nanak Shrine in Gurdaspur district.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara was suspended in March 2020.
Indian Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi, along with his ministers, were part of the first delegation to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.
Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) president Sardar Ameer Singh greeted and received them on their arrival.
A Foreign Office spokesperson had earlier said Indian Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Om Prakash Soni, along with Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu will also visit Pakistan.
The FO spokesperson’s statement stated that Rajasthan Cabinet Minister Harish Chaudhry and eight members of the Legislative Assembly of Punjab, India will also join the delegation.
However, Surinder Dalla, Sidhu’s media adviser, later stated that the Chairman of the Punjab State Congress will visit Kartarpur Corridor for worship on November 20 instead of today.
According to the Hindustan Times, earlier, Chani welcomed the Indian government’s decision to reopen the Qatar Corridor and said that the national cabinet will become part of the first “jatha” (group), which will On November 18th, he visited the holy place with a long history in Pakistan.