kartarpur sahib: Pak’s federal minister announces construction of expressway to connect Nankana Sahib and Kartarpur Sahib | India News – Times of India

AMRITSAR: To attract Sikhs living across the globe to visit and pay obeisance at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur Sahib, Pakistan’s federal minister for Planning, Development and Special Incentives Professor Ahsan Iqbal announced the construction of a dedicated expressway from Nankana Sahib and Sialkot airport to Kartarpur Sahib even as the minister has not announced doing away the US $20 service fee imposed by Pakistan government on Indian devotees visiting Gurdwara Darbar Sahib through Kartarpur Corridor.
Pakistan’s Sikh Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Ramesh Singh Arora who accompanied Ahsan to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib informed that while announcing to provide best of the facilities to the followers of Sikhs first master Guru Nanak Dev who had spent the last 18 years of his life at Kartarpur Sahib, Pakistani federal minister said that Pakistan government would construct a dedicated expressway between Nankana Sahib, birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev and Kartapur Sahib. He further said that a road link would be constructed between Sialkot airport to Kartarpur Sahib.
He informed that Ahsan said “The idea is to attract Sikhs living across the globe to visit their religious places in Pakistan and provide maximum facilities during their pilgrimage”.
Notably, Guru Nanak Dev had departed for heavenly abode on September 22, 1539, at Kartarpur Sahib where a samadhi and mazaar were established by his Hindu and Muslim followers. After much efforts, a dedicated corridor was constructed between Dera Baba Nanak, India, and Kartarpur Sahib, Pakistan, a distance of 4.5 kilometers to reach Gurdwara Darbar Sahib. The corridor was inaugurated on November 9, 2019, for a day-long pilgrimage to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib on payment of a US $20 service fee charged by Pakistan.
Arora informed that Ahsan stated that Kartarpur Sahib was a symbol of peace, interfaith harmony, and unity and invited Sikhs from around the world to visit Kartarpur Sahib and pay obeisance at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, for which, Arora said, the Pakistan government was committed to provide state of art facilities to the Sikhs.
The Pak MPA said that Ahsan was a great supporter of the Kartarpur Corridor and had brought Sikh representation in Punjab (Pakistan) assembly for the first time since the Indo Pak partition in1947.
Meanwhile, an Indian septuagenarian follower of Baba Nanak Madan Lal Narula who has begun a symbolic hunger strike demanding to do away the US $20 service fee by Pakistan and condition of possessing passports by the devotees going on pilgrimage via Kartarpur Corridor said if the Pakistan government was really sincere to promote pilgrimage then it should first scrap the service fee imposed on Indians going on pilgrimage to Pakistan via Kartarpur Corridor.

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