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Pilgrims dub corridor harbinger of harmony

Pilgrims dub corridor harbinger of harmony

Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Kartarpur, November 9

On Saturday, 72 years of prayers for free access to the historic Sikh site left behind in Pakistan after Partition became a reality with the first jatha of over 500 pilgrims crossing over to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Narowal district of Pakistan at 2.35 pm.

The borders appeared to have blurred as the Kartarpur corridor was inaugurated on both sides, allowing pilgrims to undertake the long-awaited 4-km journey to the religious abode. 

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh led the first jatha, ending days of speculation on who would lead the inaugural batch. Former Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who also joined the jatha, was seen mingling with devotees lined up for the immigration check.

The first to leave was a group of 30 VIPs comprising former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. 

Emotional over being part of the first jatha, Jaswant Singh, settled in Germany, hoped that the corridor would emerge as a harbinger of peace and unity. 

Many devotees, however, were annoyed about the delay in departure by a couple of hours. The check post on the Indian side didn’t seem fully equipped to handle the rush, while the arrangements on the Pakistan side were better. 

Good start: ex-PM

It was a good beginning to normalise the relations between the two countries (India and Pakistan)... I hope relations between India and Pakistan would improve enormously Manmohan Singh, former PM

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