What is the significance of the Kartarpur Sahib Pilgrim Corridor? Explain the issues involved in its construction.

Published: May 30, 2019

The gurdwara in Kartarpur is on the bank of the river Ravi. It is about 120 km northeast of Lahore. It was here that�Guru Nanak assembled a Sikh community�and lived for 18 years until his death in 1539.
The union government has approved the building and development of the�Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to the international border, in order to facilitate pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur .
Significance of the corridor:

  • It will provide smooth and easy passage having all the modern amenities
  • Government of Pakistan will be urged to recognize the sentiments of the Sikh community and to develop a corridor with suitable facilities in their territory as well
  • It will�provide visa-free access to the shrine
  • The corridor can be considered a�big development in the India-Pakistan deadlocks.
  • It will serve cross-border exchanges based on faith, which could provide a balm for many communities.

Issues involved in construction of the corridor:

  • The corridor might be used by Pakistan to undermine India’s security
  • Gurdwaras in Pakistan have been used for a�pro-Khalistan campaign.
  • Pakistan�s intent remains suspect and the corridor can be misused by both state and non-state actors.

Both sides should start working on the corridor as soon as possible. It is important that issues related to the corridor are managed in a non-political manner.

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