Pakistan has conveyed to India that it was ready to reopen the Gurudwara
Kartarpur Sahib for Sikh pilgrims on June 29.
In an announcement this morning, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood
Qureshi said Islamabad was prepared to reopen the corridor on the occasion of
the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh.
The corridor was
shut in March this year as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the
“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.
In March this year, New Delhi had temporarily suspended registration and
travel to the corridor due to the pandemic.
Health officials in Punjab had said that since Pakistani citizens also had
access to Kartarpur Sahib, there was a danger that some infected individuals
could pass on the virus to Indian pilgrims visiting the shrine.
About four thousand
pilgrims had visited Kartarpur Sahib between March 7 and 13
About four thousand pilgrims had visited Kartarpur Sahib after crossing
over from Dera Baba Nanak border in Gurdaspur between March 7 and 13.
Meanwhile, in April, parts of the shrine were damaged in a storm and several
domes built atop the outer perimeter walls of the complex had collapsed. At
least eight domes of the newly renovated Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib fell apart
due to a thunderstorm,
The domes were made of fiber that is why they were dislodged by strong winds.”However,
the Pakistan government has claimed that it has repaired “the damage caused by
winds and rains at Kartarpur Sahib within hours.