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Subdued celebrations on first anniv of Kartarpur corridor

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Amritsar, November 9

Exactly a year down the line, the dedicated corridor to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib wore a deserted look on its maiden anniversary. However, some Sikh outfits led by former Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti commemorated the occasion on the Indian side of the corridor at Dera Baba Nanak today.

The occasion was 'officially' commemorated by the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) across the border in Narowal district.

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Giani Harpreet Singh, Akal Takht Jathedar

Demand for reopening corridor

When religious places across India have officially opened, there is no point in keeping the operations at the Kartarpur corridor suspended.

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Terming the corridor a symbol of faith, PSGPC president Satwant Singh showed gratitude towards the Sikh outfits which assembled on the Indian side to mark the occasion.

For the SGPC, the day passed on like any other. No plan was scheduled to observe the occasion owing it to Union Government's denial to open the visa-free passage on 'health grounds' from its side. Nonetheless, at Dera Baba Nanak, there was clamour to reopen the corridor.

The corridor was closed by India on March 15 as part of measures to curb the Covid-19 spread. In June, it was briefly opened on the occasion of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's death anniversary, but India refused to open the corridor on its side.

Akal Takht officiating Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh said the corridor was the epitome of peace in Asia and could play a vital role in mending the sour relationship between the two neighbouring countries. "When religious places across India have officially been opened, there is no point in keeping the operations at the corridor suspended. India should review its decision and reopen the access from the Indian side too," he said. — TNS



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