Kartarpur Corridor May Help India and Pakistan End Hostility

PM Narendra Modi opening the Kartarpur corridor on November 9, 2019. Photo: Congress
PM Narendra Modi opening the Kartarpur corridor on November 9, 2019. Photo: Congress

Kartarpur Corridor May Help India and Pakistan End Hostility

Imran Khan, who wants peace between India and Pakistan, has compared the corridor between the two enemy countries to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

By Rakesh Raman

The Kartarpur corridor which was opened on Saturday (November 9) between India and Pakistan may bring a new opportunity for the enemy nations to end their ongoing hostility.

The tension between the two neighboring countries has been escalating after India annexed Muslim-dominated territory of Kashmir in August and the Indian security forces have been committing blatant human rights violations in the troubled valley.

Reports reveal that India’s Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi thanked his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan for “understanding India’s sentiment on the issue of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor.”

“The Kartarpur corridor will deepen the connect between lakhs of pilgrims and Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It is my honour to have inaugurated the corridor today,” Modi tweeted.

The Kartarpur corridor – a border corridor between India and Pakistan – will connect the Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib (located in Punjab, India) and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur (in Punjab, Pakistan).

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The Pakistan PM had not invited Modi for the ceremony, because Imran Khan believes that Modi is influenced by the hate-filled ideology of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) that was responsible for the assassination of India’s founding father Mahatma Gandhi.

Earlier, the office of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh – a Congress party leader – had said that former PM and Congress leader Manmohan Singh will visit Kartarpur Gurudwara on November 9. He will also visit Sultanpur Lodhi for the main celebration of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on November 12.

Imran Khan, who wants peace between India and Pakistan, has compared the corridor between the two enemy countries to the fall of the Berlin Wall, saying that the project may help in reducing hostility between the two countries.

Meanwhile, a UN spokesperson said that the UN welcomes Pakistan and India opening Kartarpur corridor connecting two key Sikh pilgrimage sites, paving way for interfaith harmony and understanding by facilitating visa-free cross border visits by pilgrims to holy shrines.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.

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