Sikh community from all over the world welcomed the Pakistan and India’s decision to open Kartarpur corridor. American Sikh community also expressed their feelings and said that Sikhs across the world are thrilled and hope to become both neighbors as to be like the United States and Canada.
“Are we happy? Happiness is a small word. We are absolutely thrilled and congratulate Pakistan for taking this historic decision,” said Sardar Jasbir Singh, chairman of ‘Sikhs of America’ — the largest Sikh organisation in North America. Jasbir Singh also welcomed India’s positive response and said “We want India and Pakistan to be like the United States and Canada,” he said. “We want to have breakfast in Amritsar and dinner in Lahore.” “This is a big khush khabri (good news) from Pakistan,” said Baljinder Singh Shammi, a former president of the Sikh Association of Baltimore. “We have been working for it for decades. Finally, it happened.” .
“Every Sikh wants good relations with Pakistan. We have very strong ties with the neighbouring country,” said Jasbir Singh. “Every day, we pray for Pakistan. We cannot do otherwise because some of our holiest shrines are there. Pakistan is also the main source of Punjabi culture and literature.” Jasbir Singh, who is also adviser to President Donald Trump on religious diversity, said Republican Pakistani leader Sajid Tarar “worked tirelessly with the North American Sikh community” to make this happen. “We thank Prime Minister Imran Khan and all Pakistani leaders and officials who made this happen,” he said, adding: “A very big thing has happened and we hope more will happen to improve ties.”
Earlier the Indian Home Ministry wrote a letter to the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi in which they appreciated the decision of Pakistan regarding the Kartarpur border corridor, and announced the construction of corridor to facilitate Sikh pilgrims, who came in Pakistan to visit their religious places, the sources said. The announcement was immediately welcomed by Islamabad as ‘victory for peace’. Information minister Fawad Chaudhry tweeted, “It is a step in the right direction and we hope such steps will encourage voice of reason and tranquility on both sides of the border.”
Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is in Kartarpur, Narowal District, Punjab, Pakistan, 120 km from Lahore. It is built on the historic site where Guru Nanak settled and assembled a Sikh community after his missionary travels. The present gurdwara is built on the site where Guru Nanak died, on 22 September 1539.
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17 November, 2019