Punjab Assembly adopts resolution to open Kartarpur Sahib corridor in Pakistan

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Chandigarh, Aug 27 (IANS) The Punjab Assembly, led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, on Monday unanimously passed a resolution asking the Central government to pursue with Pakistan the issue of opening of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor during the 550th birthday celebrations of the first Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Nanak Dev.

The resolution was moved by the Chief Minister on the second day of the monsoon session of the Assembly.

All members of the House, cutting across party lines, were of the view that the opening of the corridor would enable millions of Indian devotees to pay obeisance at the the historic Sri Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara.

The Gurdwara, where the first Sikh Guru spent the last years of his life, is located in Pakistan across the international border, though it is clearly visible from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district.

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Moving the resolution, the Chief Minister informed the House that he had already written to Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take up the issue with her Pakistani counterpart.

The Punjab government, he said, had been urging the government of India, time and again, to take up the matter with Islamabad.

The opening of the corridor was a cherished dream of the Sikh community, he added.

–IANS

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