December 3, 2021

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28 Indian pilgrims reach Kartarpur on Day 1

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28 Indian pilgrims reach Kartarpur on Day 1
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28 Indian pilgrims reach Kartarpur on Day 1
28 Indian pilgrims reach Kartarpur on Day 1

LAHORE: The first batch of 28 Indian Sikhs, including women, arrived at the revered Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan on Wednesday by using the visa-free corridor, some 20 months after the pilgrimage was suspended in March 2020 following the Covid-19 outbreak.
Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) spokesperson Amir Hashmi said that Kartarpur Corridor CEO Muhammad Latif, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) president Sardar Ameer Singh and Mampaal Singh greeted the Indian pilgrims at the Sikh shrine.
The pilgrims spent several hours at the gurdwara and performed religious rituals before crossing back to their homeland, he added. Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi termed the reopening of the Kartarpur Corridor as a “good development . “I welcome Sikh pilgrims on behalf of the government of Pakistan and the people of Pakistan…The Sikh pilgrims will come to visit their holy places through this corridor from today,” Qureshi said while talking to the media outside the parliament in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Separately, over 2,500 Indian Sikhs entered Pakistan via Wagah border crossing by foot to take part in the annual commemoration of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev. “The yatrees had been queued since 6am Wednesday. Immigration and vaccine and other Covid related tests made the process slow, causing a great deal of inconvenience for the pilgrims,” an official said.
When asked about the exact number of Indian Sikhs who arrived via Wagah border crossing, Hashmi said, “Pakistan had issued 2,890 visas to Indian Sikhs for this occasion and so far over 2,500 have arrived. Hopefully by late in the evening all those issued the visas will reach here.”
At Wagah, ETPB chairman Dr Aamer Ahmed, senior board members and PSGPC officials received the Indian pilgrims. Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Delhi leader Sardar Balwinder Singh said that Sikhs are very happy after the reopening of the Kartarpur Corridor. He also expressed satisfaction over the upkeep of the Sikh holy places in Pakistan.

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