KARTARPUR: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday inaugurated the Kartarpur Corridor, a border corridor between Pakistan and India, connecting the Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.
A large number of Indian Sikhs on Saturday made historic pilgrimage, travelling visa-free, to one of their religion’s holiest sites under a landmark deal between the two countries.
In his speech at the inaugural ceremony, the prime minister welcomed the Sikh pilgrims and lauded the FWO, laborers and all the people who worked on the project.
“I had no idea that my government is so efficient,” said the prime minister jokingly while commenting on the early completion of the Corridor Project.
Khan said he had realized the significance of Kartarpur only a year ago.
“A leader always unites people, he will never divide them,” he said, adding that South Africans would never forget Nelson Mandela since he united his people.
“Nobody thought there would ever be justice in South Africa,” he said.
The Pakistani leaders used the occasion to raise the issue of Occupied Kashmir where Indian forces have carried out a clamp down since August 5.
“We can resolve issue of Kashmir through dialogue,” he said. The prime minister expressed the hope that South Asian countries would also prosper by following in the footsteps of France and Germany.