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Guru Nanak’s birth celebrations: PM Imran Khan welcomes Sikh pilgrims to Pakistan

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Prime Minister Imran Khan. Image: AFP

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday felicitated Sikh yatrees (pilgrims) from across the world on the 552nd birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev Ji as the celebrations begin in Pakistan.

“Wishing 552nd Guru Nanak Dev Ji Jayanti to all Sikhs around the world. On this auspicious occasion,” said the premier in his message on Twitter.

“…we welcome thousands of Sikhs to visit their religious sites in Pakistan. I reiterate my govt’s commitment to continue facilitating them to perform their religious rituals,” PM Imran added.

The birth celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak, which started on November 17, will continue till 26 of this month.

During their stay in Pakistan, the Sikh yatrees would pay obeisance at different Gurdwaras, including Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

On Thursday, Indian Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Charanjit Singh Channi, along with his ministers and President Indian Congress, Punjab Navjot Singh Sidhu, also visited Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Narowal.

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Sikh pilgrims arrive to take part in a religious ritual on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism, at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur on November 18, 2021. Image: AFP

The Kartarpur Corridor links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in the Gurdaspur district of Indian Punjab. The Kartarpur Corridor, a visa-free crossing, allows Indian Sikhs to visit the temple in Pakistan where Guru Nanak died in 1539.

It was first opened in 2019 for Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government. The historic religious place was closed for the last 20 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier, the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi had issued around 3,000 visas to Indian Sikh yatrees to participate in the celebrations at the holy temple where the guru died.


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