Amid Appeals, Centre Blames Pak For Not Reopening Kartarpur Corridor


Amid Appeals, Centre Blames Pak For Not Reopening Kartarpur Corridor

Kartarpur Corridor has been shut for greater than a yr amid the pandemic. (File)

New Delhi:

The authorities has blamed Pakistan for not reopening Kartarpur Corridor months after the neighbouring nation restricted all journey from India, citing the surge in coronavirus circumstances.

“Pakistan National Command and Operations Centre has banned all travel from India, citing surge in COVID-19 cases in India since April 2021,” Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai knowledgeable Lok Sabha on Tuesday in a written assertion.

Congress MP from Amritsar Gurjit Singh Aujila wished the central authorities to make clear when will the non secular hyperlink – closed for greater than a yr – reopen. To this, the Union Minister replied that the motion of pilgrims by way of the hall was suspended in March 2020, and has not been resumed since then.

Last yr, citing enchancment within the pandemic state of affairs, Pakistan first expressed its willingness to reopen the hall on June 27. It then stated it would reopen on October 3 however India didn’t reply.

Ahead of state elections in Punjab, due subsequent yr, the opposition appears to be mounting strain on the federal government over the difficulty. 

Sikh devotees have been asking to reopen the non secular hyperlink, specifically for the reason that authorities has reopened different locations of worship. Numerous appeals have been made by numerous organisations.

Last week, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh too had made an enchantment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in order that devotees might go to the shrine, devoted to Sikh Guru Nanak Dev in Pakistan.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Captain Singh stated his authorities will likely be blissful to work in partnership with the Union authorities to make sure adherence to correct Covid protocol, together with testing and vaccination of pilgrims utilizing the hall, in line with an official launch.

He hoped for a optimistic consideration by the central authorities. “The COVID-19 situation in Punjab has shown signs of significant improvement in the past one month and I am happy to share that yesterday, no Covid-19 related death was reported, after almost a period of one year,” he wrote.

He stated within the modified state of affairs, folks have clearly once more expressed their want to have “darshan” at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

Even Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (PSGPC) additionally stated for the reason that coronavirus state of affairs is below management, India ought to reopen the Kartarpur hall which is closed from their (Indian) facet for greater than a yr. 

All preparations will likely be made for Indian pilgrims in a befitting method throughout their yatra to Darbar Sahib, it stated. 

The hall, which opened in November 2019, marking the 550th delivery anniversary of Guru Nanak, offers Indian pilgrims a visa-free entry to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur, the final resting place of the Sikhism founder.


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