Pakistan ready to reopen Kartarpur corridor on June 29 but India refuses

CHANDIGARH, Punjab—After more than three months long closure due to Covid-19 pandemic, the Pakistan government is going to reopen Kartarpur corridor on June 29 i.e. on the 181st death anniversary of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Notably, the Indian government had suspended pilgrimage to Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib on March 16.

Sharing the information, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the Pakistan government has completed all the arrangements to ensure social distancing and sanitization within Gurdwara premises.

“As places of worship open up across the world, Pakistan prepares to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for all Sikh pilgrims, conveying to the Indian side our readiness to reopen the corridor on 29 June 2020, the occasion of the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh,” Qureshi tweeted.

Meanwhile, it is learned that the Indian government has refused to resume Kartarpur pilgrimage citing health issues.

To ensure adherence to the health guidelines, Pakistan has invited India to work out necessary SOPs for reopening the Corridor. 

3 COMMENTS

  1. India is to evaluate the new arrangements for safety of Indian pilgrims. For 1/6th the population they have 1/3rd the cases and 1/3rd deaths as India all that while they have 1/2 the people per square mile as India. That should tell you that India may be bad but it is not as bad as Pakistan. Instead, if Sikh and Hindus of Pubjab trust Pakistan’s arrangements, they should make it clear that you trust Pakistan’s arrangements and sign a waiver that you are OK if you get Coronavirus from Pakistan’s arrangements. Otherwise you will still blame India for not doing enough evaluation. In that case, people can go on their own risk. If you cant do that let Indian Govt evaluate Pakistan’s arrangements.

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