India Furious With Pak; Officials Harassed, Kept Away From Sikh Pilgrims

India Furious With Pak; Officials Harassed, Kept Away From Sikh Pilgrims

India Furious With Pak; Officials Harassed, Kept Away From Sikh Pilgrims

The Gurdwara Kartarpur Darbar Sahib in Narowal in Pakistan's Punjab province holds religious significance for the Sikh community. "It will build bridges, burn animosity and will act like a soothing balm for two neighbouring countries", Sidhu said in a tweet.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said in a tweet: "Pakistan has already conveyed to India it's decision to open Kartarpura Corridor for Baba Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary". As a major attraction for pilgrims and tourists, a heritage complex at Sultanpur Lodhi, "Pind Babe Nanak da" will be established to depict life in the times of Shri Guru Nanak Devji.

Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, which is three kilometres from the India-Pakistan border, is the final resting place of Guru Nanak, who founded Sikhism. "Doordarshan to telecast programmes on Shri Guru Nanak Devji and Gurubani", Singh said further.

On Thursday, India and Pakistan announced that they will build a corridor on their respective side which will allow the Sikh pilgrims to visit the iconic Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur on the banks of the river Ravi. On the other hand, the government also asked the Pakistani to built the corridor on its territory to recognise the sentiments of the Sikh community.

Sidhu's visit to Pakistan to attend Imran Khan's swearing-in ceremony as prime minister of Pakistan in August this year had come under fire from the Opposition for his hug to Pakistan army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

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Sidhu had earlier raised this issue with Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj in connection with the opening of Kartarpur corridor.

"We have shared our grave concern that this is the third consecutive visit of the Indian Sikh pilgrims when Pakistan has prevented the Indian High Commission officials from meeting the visiting Indian nationals on the pretext of security in order to deflect attention from Pakistan's violation of the worldwide legal instruments and conventions like the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961 and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963".

Sidhu had claimed that the Pakistan army chief had told him about "making efforts to open the Kartarpur corridor".

"India expresses grave concern at reports of attempts to incite communal disharmony during visit of Indian pilgrims to Pakistan", MEA said.

More than 3,000 Sikh pilgrims arrived in Lahore from India via special trains on Wednesday to celebrate the 549th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji from November 21-30.

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