First batch of Indian pilgrims enters Pakistan through Kartarpur corridor

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Located at 4.5 kilometres from the global border in Pakistan's Narowal District, Gurdwara Darbar Sahib is the place where Guru Nanak, lived the final 18 years of his life, dying in 1539. "I thank him for his cooperation", Modi said.

Moreover, NDTV reported that apart from Sunny Deol, the first group of Sikh pilgrims includes former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Union Ministers Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

"Sikhs / Nanak Naamlevas, Hindus and Buddhist Monks have various holy sites in Pakistan and we are trying to tap this potential of religious tourism", he said.

The much-awaited corridor will have all the necessary passenger amenities to facilitate pilgrims intending to visit the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

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Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the first batch of over 500 pilgrims, saying it will be easy to pay obeisance at the Darbar Sahib gurdwara after the opening of the Kartarpur corridor.

Former Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday wrote to the external affairs ministry, asking it to make clear if it has any inhibition on his attending the opening ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan.

In a Facebook post, he said the corridor will be opened to the public on November 9. The bomb has been placed within a glass case placed atop on a small pillar decorated with the "khanda", a symbol representing the Sikh faith.

India and Pakistan had on 24 October signed an agreement on the modalities for operationalising the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, paving way for its inauguration ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of the Sikh Guru. Two days later, the foundation stone was laid on the Pakistani side. Each visitor would be required to pay United States dollars 20 as fee, though India has requested Pakistan not to charge the Indian pilgrims. Prime Minister Khan, who congratulated the Sikh community on the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, said the historic opening of the Kartarpur corridor is a testimony to Pakistan's commitment to regional peace. Persons of Indian-Origin need to carry OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) card along with the passport of their country.

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