Islamabad, October 15
Pakistan will rejoice the 551th start anniversary of Sikh religion’s founder Guru Nanak Dev from November 28 to 30, the Overseas Workplace stated on Thursday.
Yearly, numerous Sikh pilgrims from India and totally different elements of the world collect on the Gurdwara Janamasthan Nankana Sahib, the start place of Guru Nanak, in Pakistan’s Punjab province to mark his start anniversary. Nonetheless, the COVID-19 pandemic is more likely to have an effect on festivities this 12 months.
Addressing a media briefing right here, Overseas Workplace Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri stated that the 551th start anniversary of Guru Nanak could be celebrated from November 28 to 30.
He stated that Pakistan reopened the Kartarpur hall on July 29, however India has not but opened from its aspect.
The hall – which permits Indian pilgrims to undertake visa-free journey to the historic Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara – was closed on March 16 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
India has stated a choice to re-open the Kartarpur hall could be taken in accordance with the protocols relating COVID-19 and easing of restrictions.
Chaudhri expressed the hope that India will assessment its resolution in view of the upcoming 551th start anniversary of Guru Nanak.
The hall hyperlinks Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur in India to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan — the ultimate resting place of Guru Nanak.
In response to a query concerning the building of a bridge on the Ravi river, Chaudhri stated that Pakistan has already began the development work on its aspect of the bridge, however “India has not but supplied engineering design of its aspect of the bridge”.
Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is positioned in Pakistan’s Narowal district throughout the river Ravi, about 4 kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.
In November final 12 months, the 2 nations threw open the hall linking Dera Baba Sahib in Gurdaspur in India and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, in a historic people-to-people initiative. PTI