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The Miracles of Guru Nanak-Karturpur corridor
Whenever the history of corridor would be written, the Names of PM Khan, Navjot Sidhu and Modi would be on the first page of the Books
Will Karturpur corridor prove to be a path of peace & erase enmity between India, Pakistan?

Are Imran Khan, PM of Pakistan and Navjot Singh Sidhu, great Peace Ambassadors?

Los Angeles, Aug. 15, 2018 A.Gary Singh

Kartarpur, Nov 28, 2018 Sharma/ A.Gary Singh

On Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018,  Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated a new visa-free corridor between the gurdwara at Kartarpur and the Indian town of Dera Baba Nanak, about six kilometers away.
On the occasion, the Indian federal ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Hardeep Singh Puri, and provincial Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu were also present.

  • The corridor will connect Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur area of Narowal district with Dera Baba Nanak in India s Gurdaspur District.

  • Pakistan will build the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab s Gurdaspur district up to the border will be constructed by India

The corridor will formally open next year, in time for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations for Guru Nanak.

  • Sikh pilgrims will be able to travel freely between the two holy sites without visas for the first time since the border was established In August, 1947, when, after three hundred years in India, the British finally left, the subcontinent was partitioned into two independent nation states: Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan.

Sidhu said Guru Nanak’s philosophy was based on brotherhood and ending divisions.
Badal, who became emotional during her speech, said the “peace corridor” will remove bitterness between the two countries. “If the Berlin Wall can fall, hatred and mistrust between India and Pakistan can be overcome in the name of Guru Nanak,” she said.

Hindus and Muslims dispute over how his remains should be treated after his death:

  • Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, spent his final days in this small village, farming the fields. When he died in 1539, the legend goes that he was so revered by both Hindus and Muslims that there was a dispute over how his remains should be treated: Should he be buried, in the Islamic tradition, or cremated, as Hindus wished?

  • Today, at the Sikh gurdwara, or place of worship, built over his final resting place, there is both a Muslim grave and a Hindu samadhi (shrine) marking his passing.

Guru Nanak’s philosophy and Teachings:

  • His teachings remains vibrant and alive in the hearts of the 25 million Sikhs worldwide who revere him as their Guru.

  • Guru Nanak, maverick poet, spiritual seeker and teacher made a huge impact across India back in the 15th century.

  • He taught that God was One, based on Truth, and that everyone, man and woman was equal in His eyes. On this simple wisdom, the tenets of Sikhism rest. As his fame grew, Baba Nanak became Guru Nanak.

  • Guru Nanak, himself, did not believe in miracles though.

  • He has said in the scriptures: Please listen to the truth that I speak. Except the true Name, I have no miracle.

India accuses Pakistan of supporting the armed separatist movement in Kashmir, which both countries claim in full but administer separate portions of. Pakistan denies the charge and alleges that India foments instability by supporting separatists in Balochistan province.

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said that Indian media is taking a myopic view by selectively showing Gopal Chawla meeting with General Bajwa.

He said the Army Chief met all guests at the venue irrespective of identity.
“Peace initiative should not be subjected to propaganda,” he added.

Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa has publicly supported the project and declared the opening of Kartarpur corridor an important step forward towards peace. He also first discussed it with Indian legislator Sidhu at Prime Minister Khan's inauguration in August.

Sikhs pay tribute to Guru Nanak by viewing the gurdwara through a set of binoculars 4-5 kms away on border line. A long-standing demand of the Sikh community in India and worldwide, the Pakistani government says it is showing that it is prepared to take concrete steps to ease tensions.

Pakistan has shown a bigger heart including the easing of visa restrictions on Indian journalists.

Addressing the ceremony, PM Khan welcomed all the guests who came from India.  He further said:

  • The  happiness he saw on the faces of the Sikh pilgrims was like Muslims  feel when they  reach near Makkah or Madina.

  • Pakistan would provide facilities to the Sikh pilgrims.The next year you  come here, you will  find every kind of facilities

  • There have been mistakes on both sides in the past, but we will not be able to move forward until we break the chains of the past.

  • The past is there only to teach us, not for us to live in.

  • Both the countries cannot move forward without breaking the chains of past.

  • For examples of France and Germany who fought many wars. If France and Germany can move forward, why can't we?

  • We want civilized relationship. Kashmir is the only problem. Are not we capable of solving a dispute? We need will to resolve the issue

  • If India  takes one step  towards friendship Pakistan will take two steps

  • Think about the potential we have. I want good relationship with India. If we open our borders and  start trade,  poverty would  decline

He said he was unable to understand the criticism against Sidhu when he returned to India after attending his oath taking ceremony
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said,  "I am extremely happy to be part of this historic ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor.”

Navjot Singh Sidhu, former Indian Cricketer and Minister of Indian Punjab

  • Speaking at the ceremony, whenever the history of corridor would be written, PM Khan's name would be on the first page of the books.

  • Sidhu  commended Prime Minster Imran Khan for the initiative and reiterated  that religion should not be looked at from the prism of politics and terrorism.  

  • He said putting an end to terrorism and bloodshed, peace should be brought back to the region.

  • He said Prime Minister and the Pakistan military leaders fulfilled their promise. 

  • Sidhu said Pakistani and Indian government should move forward.

He added that the entire Sikh community is grateful to the Pakistani Prime Minister and the army chief for taking this initiative.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Cabinet Minister of Indian government said:

  • This is historic day for our nation. Desire of millions of Sikhs around the world have been fulfilled today

  • A new history  is being written. Who would have thought we would reach here. Not even you  Mr Prime Minister when you played cricket, nor  our PM ,when he sold tea would  have  thought that he would one day become a leader of millions of people.



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