Sangat from India wouldn’t be able to visit the place, where Guru Nanak had breathed his last, due to the closure of the Indian side of the Kartarpur Corridor as well as Attari international border for traffic, barring those travelling with special permission.
Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) member Inderjit Singh said on Sunday the very purpose of the Kartarpur Corridor will be defeated if the Indian sangat doesn’t arrive. “The corridor is answer to over seven decades of prayers by the Sikhs from both the sides of the border. Gurdwara Darbar Sahib was easily accessible to the Pakistani sangat, but it was for the Indians that the corridor was constructed mainly,” this is how the PSGPC member from Kartarpur Sahib expressed his sentiments on the closure of the Indian side of the corridor.
Talking to TOI over phone from Kartarpur Sahib on Sunday, Singh added the PSGPC Project Management Unit and Evacuee Trust Property Board had made elaborate arrangements for langar, boarding and security of the pilgrims, besides medical facilities and so on.
He further said this will be the third time when they will be taking out a nagar kirtan yatra till the zero line. “We will appreciate if the Indian government allows devotees to converge at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib via the corridor,” he said.
The PSGPC has been taking out nagar kirtan yatra from Grudwara Darbar Sahib to zero line at the international border with India, covering as distance of about 4.5 km, since the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor.
Local resident Babar Jalandhari said that an akhand path would begin on September 21 to mark the jyoti jot divasand and bhog would be distributed on September 22. “We have appealed to the Indian sangat to converge in large number on their side of the border so they can at least have the darshan of palki sahib,” he said.