Lahore: Over 100 Sikh pilgrims from India, including Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, are expected to arrive at the revered Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan on Thursday using the visa-free Kartarpur corridor, some 20 months after the pilgrimage was suspended following the Covid outbreak.
On Wednesday, the first batch of 28 Indian Sikhs, including women, arrived in Pakistan to take part in the annual commemoration of the birth of Guru Nanak on Friday. Similarly, over 2,500 Indian Sikhs also arrived via the Wagah border crossing.
“The Indian Punjab chief minister (Channi) along with his delegation is also scheduled to visit Darbar Sahib on Thurrsday,” Kartarpur Project Management Unit chief executive officer Muhammad Latif said.
Latif also told the Dawn newspaper that over 100 Indian pilgrims were expected to visit the gurdwara on Thursday.
The Kartarpur Corridor links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district.
Gurpurab, which marks the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, will be celebrated on November 19.
Till Wednesday, over 2,500 Sikh pilgrims have arrived via the Wagah border.
The pilgrims left for Nankana Sahib soon after their arrival to participate in the main event at Gurdwara Janam Asthan on Friday, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) spokesperson Amir Hashmi told the Dawn newspaper.
“All the visiting Sikhs from India and elsewhere will be facilitated for travelling to Kartarpur Sahib,” he added.
Pilgrimage to the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara was suspended in March 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.
The Indian government reopened the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from its side on Wednesday.