Kartarpur Corridor: Indian malicious propaganda rejected

Postage stamp to mark 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak issued

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ISLAMABAD

The Foreign Office (FO) on Monday completely rejected baseless reports which appeared in a section of the Indian media and were attributed to intelligence sources, saying they ought to be treated with the contempt they deserve. The reports in question had insinuated the presence of alleged militant training camps in Narowal near the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.

Pakistan’s Kartarpur spirit is aimed at facilitating Nanak Naamlevas, especially Sikhs, to visit one of their most revered places of worship and promoting inter-faith harmony, a press release from the FO said. The content of the media reports in question is part of a malicious propaganda campaign in India that cannot be condemned enough.

According to the FO statement, unfounded allegations about Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib being used for any purpose other than worship are a deliberate attempt to misrepresent Pakistan’s goodwill gesture, undermine the corridor initiative, and hurt the religious sentiments of Sikhs all over the world.

We have no doubt that such mischievous attempts will be rejected with the contempt that they deserve. Prime Minister Khan will inaugurate the Kartarpur corridor on Nov 9, for which ceremony former Indian cricket star and lawmaker Navjot Singh Sidhu has also been invited.

After the approval from the Prime Minister Imran Khan and on the directives of Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed, the Pakistan Post has issued special commemorative tickets to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak which would be available for sale from the day of opening of Kartarpur corridor.

For facilitation of Sikh Yatrees the Pakistan Post would open a post office at Kartarpur Complex from where they could purchase these tickets. Moreover, a post office would be opened at Nankana Sahib as well. These tickets would be available at all post offices of the country.

Pakistan under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan is moving towards the Pakistan as envisioned by the Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. The present government of Imran Khan was striving to transform Pakistan into a state having religious tolerance, religious freedom and all citizens enjoying equal rights.

The government under dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan has been working to ensure religious freedom and fundamental human rights of the minorities. Prime Minister Imran Khan had promised to the Sikh community that on 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak he would give a gift to them by opening the Kartarpur corridor. With the grace of Allah Almighty, the PM has fulfilled the promise within one year and he would inaugurate the corridor in a grand ceremony.

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