Pakistan has said that they have set no date for the inauguration of the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor. Pakistan’s statement comes after it has assured to inaugurate ‘on time’ in view of the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, next month. A month ago, a senior officer leading the Kartarpur Corridor project had said that Pakistan would allow Indian Sikhs to visit Kartarpur Sahib from 9 November.
Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Faisal said in the weekly press conference. ‘They will complete The Kartarpur corridor on time as promised by the Prime Minister (Imran Khan). We will inaugurate it on time. However, we cannot give a date yet because they have not decided yet. He again assured that this corridor will open on November 12. It will be on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
Significantly, this proposed corridor between India and Pakistan will connect Darbara Singh of Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India.
They will only allow Indian pilgrims to travel to Kartarpur Sahib through this corridor, Guru Nanak Dev established which in 1522. Pakistan is constructing a corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur while India will build the corridor up to Dera Baba Nanak located at Gurdaspur on this side.
For the first time, some Pakistani and foreign journalists visited the proposed Kartapur corridor at Narwal, about 125 km from Lahore, on 16 September. Then the project director Atif Majid had said that they have completed 86 percent of the work of the corridor. It will open to pilgrims from 9 November. The Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman said that former Indian Foreign Minister Manmohan Singh has been formally invited to attend the inauguration ceremony.
Pakistan invites former PM, Manmohan Singh for the inauguration of Kartarpur corridor while Narendra Modi is left out. The rationale given is that Singh represents the Sikh community. Singh should immediately demolish this cheap and divisive stunt by declining this invitation.
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) October 1, 2019