India has officially announced the date for holding the first Kartarpur Corridor meet with Pakistan on March 14, and senior officials of India and Pakistan will meet at the Attari-Wagah border’s Indian side to operationalize the Kartarpur for pilgrims.
Despite being at the peak of tension between India and Pakistan since the February 14th Pulwama attack, New Delhi has confirmed a meeting to compartmentalised the Kartarpur Corridor project away from the tension. The affirmation from Indian side of the border comes just a day after Pakistan officially stated that their high commissioner Sohail Mehmood will be arriving to India soon, and the pre-decided Kartarpur meeting proposal that was to be held on March 14th was still on from their side.
The meeting on March 14, exactly a month after the Pulwama attack, will give a go ahead to the trans-border corridor to let pilgrims visit the two shrines of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak – located on both sides of one of the most tensed international borders. The core idea of this pilgrimage corridor is that both India and Pakistan agree to set up a border crossing linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur – the final resting place of Guru Nanak, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district. And this corridor will allow visa-free travel for Sikh pilgrims, starting from November this year – if all goes will.
The first-ever meeting to formalise the modalities for Kartarpur is being held on the Indian side of Attari-Wagah border as announced by the Ministry of External Affairs. For India, it coincides with the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak – giving positive momentum to the emotionally resonant project that has witnessed long-pending public demands. Perhaps, this with many other factors, can possibly lead to peace between the two arch-rival nations.