Bridging with 9 km road for 72 years: PM Modi, Imran Khan throw open Kartarpur Corridor
“I am grateful to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan Niazi. He acknowledged the feelings of India on the issue of the Kartarpur corridor, gave it a priority and worked to keep those feelings in mind,” said PM Modi.
Bridging 72 years on a 9-kilometer path, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan inaugurated the Kartarpur Corridor on Saturday in the midst of frayed ties on India’s backdrop, scrapping special status to Kashmir.
On an inaugural day, 562 pilgrims, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, his mother, Gursharan Kaur, Punjab chief minister, Amarinder Sing, and the ministers of the Union, Hardeep Puri, traveled to Pakistan to pray at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.
Flagging off the first group of over 500 Gurdaspur pilgrims, PM Modi thanked Imran Khan, saying the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor brought great joy. “I am grateful to Prime Minister Imran Khan Niazi of Pakistan. He acknowledged the feelings of India on the issue of the Kartarpur corridor, gave it reverence and worked to keep those feelings in view, “Modi said.
Imran Khan, for his part, raked up the Kashmir issue at the Kartarpur Corridor inauguration ceremony and said ensuring “justice” would open up new channels of communication between India and Pakistan for Kashmiris. As part of the celebration, the Kartarpur Corridor was inaugurated to mark Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th birthday.
PM Modi said the opening of the corridor and the integrated check post would bring double happiness to the people, claiming he was fortunate to be able to devote the Kartarpur corridor to the state.
Although former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called the opening of the corridor “a major moment,” it was described by Parkash Singh Badal as the happiest day in his life.