NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday gave the inexperienced mild for 1000’s of Sikh pilgrims to cross the border into Pakistan from Wednesday forward of the celebrations of Guru Nanak’s 552nd beginning anniversary.
The Kartarpur Hall, a visa-free crossing permitting Indian Sikhs to go to the temple in Pakistan the place Guru Nanak died in 1539, first opened in 2019 for Nanak’s 550th beginning anniversary however was closed final yr due to the pandemic.
India’s House Minister Amit Shah introduced that the hall will re-open from Wednesday forward of Nanak’s beginning anniversary this Friday.
“In a significant choice, that may profit massive numbers of Sikh pilgrims, PM @narendramodi govt has determined to re-open the Kartarpur Sahib Hall from tomorrow,” he stated on Twitter.
“I’m certain that (the) govt’s choice to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib hall will additional enhance the enjoyment and happiness throughout the nation,” Shah added.
A Pakistani official supply stated the hall had by no means been closed on the Pakistan facet, and that they had been ready for affirmation from Indian authorities that the pilgrims could be allowed to cross.
The white-domed shrine in Kartarpur, a small city simply 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) inside Pakistan, had remained out of attain of Indian Sikhs for many years due to hostile relations between the 2 international locations.
When Pakistan was carved out of India on the finish of British rule in 1947, Kartarpur ended up on the Pakistan facet of the border, whereas many of the area’s Sikhs remained on the opposite facet.
There are an estimated 20,000 Sikhs left in Pakistan after tens of millions fled to India following the bloody spiritual violence ignited by partition.
Guru Nanak, born in 1469 to a Hindu household close to the present-day Pakistani metropolis of Lahore, is revered each by Sikhs and Hindus who put together neighborhood feasts often called langars to mark his beginning anniversary.