India and Pakistan have signed an agreement to operationalise the kartarpur corridor after a lot of discussions and debate. The corridor allows Indian sikh pilgrims to visit holy darbar sahab located in Pakistan’s Punjab.
The corridor will connect sikh shrine of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib ( Punjab , India ) and Gurudwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur(Punjab, Pakistan). Agreement took place at Kartarpur zero point at Pakistan- India border , Norowal.
Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Norowal ,Pakistan holds a special place in the hearts of sikh devotees for the reason that Guru Nanak Dev Ji , the founder of sikhism spent the last 18 years of his life there. Currently people have to use binoculars to have a good look at the gurudwara. Devotees earlier had to travel to lahore then take a bus to Kartarpur which resulted in a journey of 125 kms although Indian people on border side could physically see the gurudwara.
This agreement was in waiting for a long long time. Discussions started as early as 1999 between PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Nawaz Sharif but on 26 november 2018 foundation stone was laid down .
Points to be noted under the agreement :
- Under the agreement pligrims would come in the morning and have to return by evening .
- 5000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit without visa everyday.
- Each pilgrim would have to pay $20 as compulsory fee charged by Pakistan.
- On November 9 Pakistan Prime Minister,
Imran Khan would formally inaugurate the corridor ahead of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji.
- Pilgrims are allowed to carry maximum of rs.11000 and 7 kg bag and wont be allowed to go beyond the shrine.
A new chapter of peace and prosperity has started between 2 nations. Hope this results in something fruitful .