The United Nations on Saturday welcomed the historic opening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor saying the move will pave the way for "interfaith harmony and understanding" between India and Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Integrated Check Post of the Kartarpur corridor on November 9. Taking to Twitter, he said that "it is an honor to inaugurate the corridor."
Taking to Twitter, the Office of the Spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the inauguration.
We welcome #Pakistan and #India opening #KartarpurCorridor today 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. @UNDPPA @UNinPak @UNinIndia pic.twitter.com/QZ4QDkuHpq— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) November 9, 2019
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also inaugurated the historic corridor to facilitate the visa-free entry of Indian Sikh pilgrims. He welcomed the first batch of the Indian Sikh pilgrims who entered Pakistan through the corridor which links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab's Gurdaspur. India and Pakistan signed the agreement on October 23, 2019. According to the agreement between Pakistan and India, 5,000 pilgrims from India can visit the shrine daily and the number can be increased in the future.
The 4.2-km long Kartarpur corridor between India and Pakistan will connect the Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib. It facilitated the Indian pilgrims to visit Gurudwara Kartapur Sahib in Pakistan. Indian pilgrims of all faiths and persons of Indian origin can use the corridor. The travel between both countries via the corridor will be visa-free. However, each visitor would be required to pay a fee of USD 20. India had requested Pakistan not to charge the Indian pilgrims. However, Pakistan has refused to waive the fee.
(With Inputs from ANI)