Kartarpur Corridor Inauguration Updates: Imran Khan opens much-awaited passage; good beginning to normalise relations, says Manmohan Singh

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Kartarpur Corridor Inauguration Updates:  Imran Khan opens much-awaited passage; good beginning to normalise relations, says Manmohan Singh
  • 17:45 (IST)

    Hope passage will become "corridor of peace", says Amarinder Singh

    After visiting the Kartarpur Corridor, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh expressed hope that the corridor will  become a "corridor of peace" between the two countries.

  • 17:31 (IST)

    Good beginnning to normalise relations between India and Pakistan, says Manmohan Singh

    After attending the inauguration of the Integrated Check Post of the 4.5 km-long Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur, former prime minister Manmohan Singh said that altought there were many "ifs and buts" in the India-Pakistan relationship, the openeing of the Kartarpur Corridor was a good beginning to normalise relations.

  • 17:16 (IST)

    Imran Khan speaks of regional peace, gives example of Germany- France relations

     

    Expressing hope that the relations between India and Pakistan could go beyond "hatred, conflict", Imran Khan siad, "France and Germany fought wars but look at them today with their cross border relations, their trade. I hope to see this in the subcontinent very soon."

  • 17:09 (IST)

    Eight million under lockdown in Kashmir, says Imran Khan

    Speaking about the Kashmir issue at the inaugural ceremony of th Kartarpur corridor, Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan said that 8 million people were under lockdown in Kashmir and that their right to self determination had been taken away.

  • 17:01 (IST)

    Imran Khan speaks at inaugural ceremony in Pakistan

  • 16:45 (IST)

    Navjot Singh Sindhu thanks Imran Khan, Narendra Modi

    Former Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu addressed the inaugural ceremony of  the Kartarpur Corridor in Pakistan. "It is the first time since partition that the boundaries have been dismantled. No one can deny my friend Imran Khan's contribution. I thank (Narendra) Modi ji also for it," he said.

  • 16:26 (IST)

    Shah Mahmood Qureshi requests Narendra Modi to open Kashmir's Jamia Masjid

  • 16:24 (IST)

    Willl Narendra Modi lift curfew in Kashmir, asks Shah Mahmood Qureshi

    Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor in Pakistan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi lauded Imran Khan for fulfilling his promise to the people of India. 

    He also asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will give the Pakistan prime minister and opportunity to thank him by lifting curfew in Kashmir.

  • 15:57 (IST)

    Imran Khan reaches Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan to inaugurate Kartarpur corridor

     

    Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan has arrived at Gurdwara to inaugurate the Kartarpur Corridor. Punjab MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu is also seen accompanying him.

  • 15:38 (IST)

    Design of terminal passenger building in India inspired by Sikh symbol; terminal can cater to 5,000 pilgrims a day

     

    The state-of-the-art passenger terminal building where pilgrime will get permission to travel through the Kartarpur corridor has been constructed on 15 acres of land. The design has been inspired by 'Khanda'- a symbol of faith in Sikh community.The fully air-conditioned building, akin to an airport, has over 50 immigration counters for facilitating about 5,000 pilgrims a day as well as all necessary public amenities such as kiosks, washrooms, child care and first-aid facilities, prayer rooms and snacks counters, according to PTI.

  • 15:12 (IST)

    Punjab CM  Amarinder Singh, Navjot Singh Sidhu among those in first batch of pilgrims

    The first batch of pilgrims included Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Singh Badal and Navjot Singh Sidhu.

    Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee members and all the 117 MLAs and MPs from Punjab were also part of the 'jatha' (delegation).

    Before dedicating the corridor to the nation, Modi partook langar (community kitchen) along with Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore, Amarinder Singh and state Congress president Sunil Jakhar.

  • 15:00 (IST)

    First batch of Indian pilgrims enters Pakistan's Darbar Sahib through Kartarpur corridor

    The first batch of over 500 Indian Sikh pilgrims entered Pakistan on Saturday through the historic Kartarpur corridor which was thrown open ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev.
     
    The corridor links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab's Gurdaspur.

  • 14:53 (IST)

    Kartarpur opening great opportunity for Sikhs to bring India, Pakistan together: UAE Sikhs

    The historic opening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor offers a great opportunity for the Sikh community to bring India and Pakistan together in these testing times, the leader of the UAE's Sikh community has said, thanking the leaders of both the countries for the momentous occasion.

    Surender Singh Kandhari said Kartarpur was of historic and religious significance for Sikhs as this is where the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev took his last breath.

    "We consider this of the same importance as the Nankana Sahib Pakistan, the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev Ji," he said.

    "Guru Ji visited a number of far off places and visited several well-known and popular places of pilgrimage for Hindus and Muslims. After these journeys Guru Nanak Dev ji settled in Kartarpur before leaving his physical form," Kandhari said.

    -PTI
     

  • 14:07 (IST)

    Modi flags off first batch of pilgrims to Darbar Sahib in Pakistan

    After inaugurating the Integrated Check Post of the 4.5 km-long Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur, Narendra Modi flagged off the first batch of over 500 Indian Sikh pilgrims to Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.

  • 14:04 (IST)

    Narendra Modi greets Manmohan Singh at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur

    At inauguration of the Integrated Check Post of the Kartarpur Corridor, Narendra Modi could be seen with former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur.

  • 13:47 (IST)

    Opening of Kartarpur Corridor is testimony to Pakistan's commitment to regional peace: Imran Khan

    The opening of the historic Kartarpur Sahib Corridor is a testimony to Pakistan's commitment to regional peace, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Saturday as he congratulated the Sikh community on the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism.

    In his message on the occasion of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor's opening, the Prime Minister said, "we believe that the road to prosperity of region and bright future of our coming generation lies in peace," state-run Radio Pakistan quoted him as saying.

    "Today we are not only opening the border, but also our hearts for the Sikh community," he said.     

    Khan said the unprecedented gesture of goodwill from his government was a reflection of its deep respect for Baba Guru Nanak Dev and religious sentiments of the Sikh community.

    -PTI
     

  • 13:02 (IST)

    Watch: Full speech of Narendra Modi at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur

  • 12:55 (IST)

    Opening of Kartarpur corridor and integrated check post will bring double happiness: Modi at Dera Baba Nanak

    Asserting that the opening of Kartarpur Corridor and integrated check post, where pilgrims will get clearance to travel through the newly-built 4.5 km-long Corridor, will bring "double happiness", Narendra Modi said, "Will be easy to pay obeisance at Darbar Sahib gurudwara after opening of Kartarpur corridor."

  • 12:26 (IST)

    Guru Nanak Dev gave a message of unity: Modi at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur

    At the inauguration of the Integrated Check Post of Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur, Narendra Modi lauded Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev for inspiring human kind.

    "When Guru Nanak Dev had left Kartarpur nobody knew that he will give a new direction to the society. He gave the message of unity and universal brotherhood," said Modi. 

  • 12:10 (IST)

    Narendra Modi inaugurates Kartarpur Corridor 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the "historic" opening of the Kartarpur Corridor said, "It is a corridor for the nation. I want to thank Prime MInister Imran Khan in extending support to expedite the initiative of Kartarpur Corridor."

  • 12:02 (IST)

    Watch: Narendra Modi speaking at the inauguration of the passenger terminal building also known as Integrated Check Post of Kartarpur Corridor

  • 11:19 (IST)

    Modi along with Sunny Deol, Hardeep Puri, Sukhbir Badal arrive at Dera Baba Nanak

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP MP from Gurdaspur Sunny Deol, Union Minister Hardeep Puri and Shiromani Akali Dal's Sukhbir Badal arrive at Dera Baba Nanak in India's Punjab. 

  • 11:07 (IST)

    Narendra Modi to inaugurate Kartarpur corridor checkpost, to flag off first batch of over 500 Indian Sikh pilgrims

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the passenger terminal building of the Kartarpur Corridor which will connect the Dera Baba Nanak in India's Punjab with Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province.

    He will flag off the first batch of over 500 Indian pilgrims that will travel to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib through the Kartarpur Corridor         

    The prime minister will inaugurate passenger terminal building, also known as Integrated Check Post, where pilgrims will get clearance to travel through the newly-built 4.5 km-long Corridor.

  • 10:45 (IST)

    Arrangements in place to welcome Indian Sikh pilgrims 

    Sultanpur Lodhi city is decked up with flowers, hoardings and several colourful gates to welcome the pilgrims. "A bicycle company of Ludhiana is also providing bicycles free of charge to devotees to commute in the city," said Jagir Kaur, former Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee chief.

  • 10:13 (IST)

    4.4 km corridor to connect Dera Baba Nanak in India with Darbar Sahib in Pakistan 

    The 4.5 km-long Kartarpur corridor connects Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab's Gurdaspur with Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, a small town about four km from the International Border, located at Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province.

    The location in the neighbouring country is the place where the founder of Sikhism – Guru Nanak Dev – is believed to have spent the last eighteen years of his life.

  • 09:54 (IST)

    No sinister in its design, says Shah Mahmood Qureshi as Pakistan decides to cancel service charge from Kartarpur pilgrims 

    Ending the uncertainty over facilitation charges on 9 and 12 November, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday said country won't be charging the service fee of $20 from Indian pilgrims visiting the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara on these two days.
     
    "It is a corridor of love and there is no sinister design in it," Qureshi said on allegations that the corridor could be used to promote separatism in Punjab.
     

  • 09:47 (IST)

    Imran Khan to inaugurate corridor on Pakistani side, receive Indian Sikh pilgrims including Manmohan Singh

    Pakistan will hold a separate event on the other side of the border, with Prime Minister Imran Khan declaring it open from the other end of the Kartarpur Corridor.

    The inauguration of the corridor comes in the midst of frayed ties between India and Pakistan following New Delhi's decision in 5 August to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories.

  • 09:31 (IST)

    Narendra Modi reaches Amritsar 

    Ahead of Kartarpur Corridor inauguration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid obeisance at the Ber Sahib Gurudwara in Sultanpur Lodhi on Saturday. He was accompanied by Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on the visit.

  • 09:25 (IST)

    Manmohan Singh among first group of pilgrims to visit Kartarpur

    Among the first group of 550 pilgrims who will visit Kartarpur are former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, actor-politician Sunny Deol, and Union Ministers Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

  • 09:11 (IST)

    Kartarpur corridor to open today 

    The Kartarpur corridor linking Dera Baba Sahib in Gurdaspur in India and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan will be thrown open on Saturday (9 November), in a historic people-to-people initiative sparking a glimmer of hope for improvement in ties between the two countries.

Kartarpur Corridor Inauguration Updates: Expressing hope that the relations between India and Pakistan could go beyond "hatred, conflict"during the inaugural ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor in Pakistan, Imran Khan said, "France and Germany fought wars but look at them today with their cross border relations, their trade. I hope to see this in the subcontinent very soon."

Meanwhile, in India, former prime minister Manmohan Singh said it was "a good beginning" to normalise relations.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor in Pakistan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi lauded the country's prime minister Imran Khan. "He promised people of India that he would initiate peace and love. Today marks him standing by his promise," he said.

He also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reciprocate by lifting the curfew in Kashmir and allowing Muslims to visit the Jamia Masjid.

At inauguration of the Integrated Check Post of the Kartarpur Corridor, Narendra Modi could be seen with former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur.

After inaugurating the Integrated Check Post of the 4.5 km-long Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur, Narendra Modi flagged off the first batch of over 500 Indian Sikh pilgrims to Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.

At the inauguration of the Integrated Check Post of Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur, Narendra Modi lauded Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev for inspiring human kind.

"When Guru Nanak Dev had left Kartarpur nobody knew that he will give a new direction to the society. He gave the message of unity and universal brotherhood," said Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the "historic" opening of the Kartarpur Corridor said, "It is a corridor for the nation. I want to thank Prime MInister Imran Khan in extending support to expedite the initiative of Kartarpur Corridor."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP MP from Gurdaspur Sunny Deol, Union Minister Hardeep Puri and Shiromani Akali Dal's Sukhbir Badal arrive at Dera Baba Nanak in India's Punjab.

Pakistan will hold a separate event on the other side of the border, with Prime Minister Imran Khan declaring it open from the other end of the Kartarpur Corridor.

The inauguration of the corridor comes in the midst of frayed ties between India and Pakistan following New Delhi's decision in 5 August to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories.

Ahead of Kartarpur Corridor inauguration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid obeisance at the Ber Sahib Gurudwara in Sultanpur Lodhi on Saturday. He was accompanied by Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on the visit.

Modi will inaugurate the state-of-the-art Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) Complex at Kartarpur Corridor in Dera Baba Nanak of Punjab's Gurdaspur district on Saturday.

Earlier this week, Home Minister Amit Shah had on Twitter urged people to "witness history being created" on 9 November with the inauguration of the corridor.

"With opening of Kartarpur Sahib corridor, when we are marking Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji's 550th Parkash Purab, PM @narendramodi has realised the long-cherished dream of millions. On 9th, let's witness history being created as PM @narendramodi dedicates this corridor to the nation," read Shah's tweet from 6 November.

The much-awaited corridor will have all the necessary passenger amenities to facilitate pilgrims intending to visit the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

The design and quality parameters also have been prepared to keep in view the aspirations and religious sentiments of the followers of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism.

The design of the PTB Complex has been inspired by the symbol 'Khanda' which represents the values of oneness and humanity. It is supposed to have adequate immigration and customs clearance facilities to process the smooth movement of approximately 5,000 pilgrims per day.

Furthermore, the complex will have open areas for kiosks, cloakrooms and adequate parking space. The passage up to the Zero Point on the International Border will also be covered.

India and Pakistan had on 24 October signed an agreement on the modalities for operationalising the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, paving way for its inauguration ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of the Sikh Guru.

The corridor will facilitate visa-free movement but Indian pilgrims are required to carry their passports and will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, which was established by Guru Nanak Dev in 1522.

The foundation stone for the Kartarpur Corridor was laid down on the Indian side on 26 November, 2018. Two days later, the foundation stone was laid on the Pakistani side.

However, Pakistan has not agreed to India's demand to make the Kartarpur Gurdwara's visit charge-free.

Following a low-key ceremony to sign the agreement, India had expressed disappointment at Pakistan's refusal to waive $20 service charge on Indians visiting Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara and urged it to reconsider its decision given the "religious and spiritual sentiments" of the pilgrims.

According to the Home ministry, the agreement, which lays a formal framework for operationalising the corridor, stated that Indian pilgrims of all faiths and persons of Indian origin can use the corridor. The travel will be visa-free and pilgrims need to carry only a valid passport. Persons of Indian-Origin need to carry OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) card along with the passport of their country.

Meanwhile, Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan will also inaugurate the other side of the Kartarpur Corridor on the same day, apart from other events that will be hosted to mark Guru Nanak Dev's birth anniversary.

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Updated Date: Nov 09, 2019 17:54:06 IST