PM Khan to inaugurate Kartarpur Corridor today

Pakistan completes Kartarpur Corridor project in record time: Qureshi

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LAHORE:
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan has completed the Kartarpur Corridor project in a record time period and Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate it on Saturday.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while talking to journalists here on Friday, said, “We will fulfill our promises with the Sikh community.”
He said that Sikh community showed gratefulness to Pakistan as the country has completed the Kartarpur Corridor project in record time.
The Foreign Minister said that Pakistan is giving a goodwill gesture to Indian government through Kartarpur Corridor, on the other hand, New Delhi authorities are busy in continuing atrocities against the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir and event barring them from offering Jumma prayers.
He criticised that India is consistently exhibiting narrow mindedness which could be witnessed around the world.
“We have completed the Kartarpur Corridor project in a record time period and Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate it on Saturday. We will fulfill our promises with the Sikh community,” he added.
“It is beyond thoughts of people that the construction work on the project would be completed in the shortest period. India would be agreed to sign the agreement despite hurdles. We have also invited former Indian premier Manmohan Singh in the inauguration ceremony and I’ve also received a response letter from him.”
“Manmohan Singh showed a willingness to arrive in the event like a common yatree [pilgrim]. We will welcome him regardless of his status to join the inauguration ceremony.”
Qureshi detailed that the opening of the corridor will facilitate around 5,000 Sikh yatrees in a day. Pakistan has temporarily ended the condition of passport for the pilgrims while PM Khan ordered for not to receive service charges on November 9 and 11 at the event of Baba Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary, he added. The foreign minister highlighted that Islamabad has set an example of religious freedom and interfaith harmony around the world.
The Kartarpur Corridor will facilitate entry of Sikh pilgrims from India into Gurdwara Dera Sahib at Kartarpur in Narowal district of Pakistan.
The Corridor is being opened on the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev Ji beginning from Tuesday.
The landmark project initiated on the directives of Imran Khan as a peace-building measure for the region and to promote interfaith harmony, is entirely funded and executed by Pakistan as a gift for Sikh community.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, as a mark of utmost facilitation, has waived off the condition of passport and the fee for pilgrims, who are visiting Pakistan, on the day of inauguration of the corridor and Guru JI’s birthday.
Meanwhile, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal said that Pakistan will not receive any service charge from Sikh pilgrims on 9th and 12th of this month, abiding by the commitment of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In a tweet, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced waiver of service charges of 20 dollars on these two dates.
The spokesman recalled that as special gesture on auspicious occasion of 550th anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak, Prime Minister had announced waiver of requirements of passport and registration of pilgrims 10 days in advance. Unfortunately, Indian side has declined these facilitative measures.

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