Pakistan says will open Kartarpur Corridor for Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary

File photo of the Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 22, 2018, 04.15 PM (IST)

Pakistan said Thursday that it would open the Kartarpur corridor for Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary. 

"Pakistan has already conveyed to India its decision to open Kartarpura Corridor for Baba Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary," Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi tweeted Thursday. 

"PM Imran Khan will do break ground at Kartarpura facilities on 28th November. We welcome the Sikh community to Pakistan for this auspicious occasion," he added. 

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Nanak was born in 1469. His 550th birth anniversary is next year. 

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said earlier Thursday that India would build and develop a corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in (Indian) Punjab's Gurdaspur district to the International Border to facilitate Sikh pilgrims visiting Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur on the banks of the Ravi river in Pakistan.

Kartarpur Sahib, located just across the International Border in Pakistan, is the final resting place of Guru Nanak — the founder of Sikhism — and one of the holiest shrines of the Sikhs.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary this year of Guru Nanak.

India had on Thursday also urged the Pakistan government to build a corridor — on its side of the border — to Katarpur Sahib to facilitate the easy movement of Indian pilgrims to the shrine.

(With inputs from PTI)

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"Pakistan has already conveyed to India it's decision to open Kartarpura Corridor for Baba Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary," Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi tweeted Thursday. Nanak's 550th birth anniversary is next year.