It has been decided by Pakistan to reopen the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims on June 29, 2020. This would be on the occasion of the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh. The announcement was made by the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi via Twitter.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi tweeted, “As places of worship open up across the world, Pakistan prepares to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for all Sikh pilgrims, conveying to the Indian side our readiness to reopen the corridor on 29 June 2020, the occasion of the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh.”
The minister emphasized that Pakistan has conveyed to the Indian side its interest in reopening the Kartarpur Corridor.
Back on 16th March, the corridor was temporarily closed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to make sure that the necessary precautions are taken, Pakistan invited India to discuss the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to reopen the corridor.
It was on 9th November 2019 that the Kartarpur Corridor was inaugurated by PM Imran Khan. It was opened on the eve of the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak. The corridor opening is a symbol of peace and religious harmony as per a statement by the Foreign Office.
The Sikh community all over the world appreciated the initiative taken by the Pak Government.