ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said today Pakistan was not only opening its border but hearts also for the Sikh community.
“Inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor is the testimony of Pakistan’s commitment to the regional peace,” Imran Khan said in a statement on the occasion of Kartarpur Corridor’s opening.
He said Pakistan believed that the road to prosperity of region and bright future of the coming generation lied in peace.
Congratulating the Sikh community on both sides of the border and the world over on the historic day, Imran Khan further said that significance of the event for the Sikh community, on 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji, could be well understood by the Muslims who knew what it meant to visit the holy places.
He said the inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor was a manifestation of the fact that our hearts were always open for the followers of different religions as enjoined by our great religion and envisioned by our father of the nation.
The PM said unprecedented gesture of goodwill from the government of Pakistan was a reflection of its deep respect for Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji and religious sentiments of the Sikh community.
He said Pakistan believed that interfaith harmony and peaceful coexistence would provide an opportunity to work for larger interests of the people of the sub-continent.
On Nov 8, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal had said that more than 10,000 Sikhs from India and other parts of the world would attend the inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor to be performed by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday (today).
“Under the 1974 agreement with New Delhi regarding religious pilgrims, about 5,000 pilgrims will come from India, whereas our missions abroad have issued the same number of visas,” Dr Muhammad Faisal had said addressing his weekly news briefing in Islamabad.
He had said the pilgrims from different countries including Canada, Britain, America, Singapore, Malaysia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, New Zealand and Australia will attend the inauguration ceremony.