First jatha of Sikh pilgrims arrive in Pakistan via Kartarpur Corridor


New Delhi: The first jatha of Indian Sikh pilgrims have arrived in Pakistan through the Kartarpur Corridor which will welcome 5,000 pilgrims per day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed in Punjab to inaugurate passenger terminal building also known as Integrated Check Post. Later, he paid obeisance at Ber Sahib Gurudwara in Sultanpur Lodhi.

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Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, a 4.7-kilometre-long passage which connects Dera Baba Nanak Sahib in India’s Gurdaspur and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan will formally be opened today for pilgrims three days ahead of 550th anniversary of the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev on November 12.

India and Pakistan are set to hold separate ceremonies on either side of the border to inaugurate the corridor which will provide access to Indian pilgrims to the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev who died at the start of the 16th century, ANI reported.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be flagging off the first batch of 500 Indian pilgrims, which includes former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and her husband former Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal and several ministers, MPs and MLAs from Punjab.

Giani Harpreet Singh, the Jathedar of Akal Takht, will lead the Indian delegation as the religious leader.

PM Modi will also inaugurate passenger terminal building, also known as Integrated Check Post, where pilgrims will get clearance to travel through the corridor.