Indian government’s crooked face exposed to prevent Sikhs from coming to Kartarpur. India reveals not clearing the immigration of people of Sikh community coming to Pakistan.
After opening the Kartarpur corridor, where the Indian Sikhs were provided free entry for the visit of Guru Dwara, the blackface of the Modi government also came to the fore. When people from Sikh community used to arrive at the border after registering to come to Pakistan, Indian security forces sent them back.
On the condition of anonymity for Kartarpur Darshan, a passenger said that if a group of 20 people comes from behind, Indian Army personnel send 10 of them back. They are not allowed to come to Pakistan. He said that it was a pleasure to come to Pakistan.
The government of Pakistan has also started collecting Rs 200/ ticket from pilgrims visiting Kartarpur Gurdwara Sahib from Pakistan and people of other religions.
Sources said that the Modi government is creating confusion among Indian Sikhs that the situation in Pakistan is bad, it is not good to go there, ISI can arrest Sikhs. Only 60 to 70 people from India are coming to Pakistan daily while the agreement was of the 5000 pilgrims.
Prime Minister Imran Khan formally inaugurated the Kartarpur Corridor at a colorful ceremony on Saturday, allowing Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit one of their religion’s holiest sites in Pakistan without a visa.
Sikh communities from all over the world attended the kartarpur corridor opening ceremony with zeal and zest.
The premier was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri and other officials
Former Indian PM Manmohan Singh led the Indian delegation. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, Actor & BJP MP Sunny Deol, Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, and Harsimrat Kaur Badal were the members of the delegation.
Imran Khan Address
At the start of his address, paying tribute to the government team for completing the Kartarpur project in a matter of months. “I salute you all. I had no idea you were so efficient. That means we can do so much more,” he told the government officials.
“First of all, I congratulate the Sikh community on the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak and welcome you all,” I am always so happy to see the Sikh community who has come here. God lives in the hearts of all of us. All the messengers who have come and gone only ever brought two messages, that of peace and justice. “These two things distinguish us from the animal kingdom,” he said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, noted that the lessons that can be drawn from Guru Nanak’s teachings are about bringing people together and not to spread hate. “I am happy we could do this for you,” he told the hundreds of Sikh pilgrims. “Believe me, I had no idea of the importance this place holds; I found out a year ago.
He said the inability of Sikhs in the past to visit the Kartarpur shrine was akin to Muslims being able to see Madina from a distance but not be able to go near it. “That is why I am happy to see you so happy and the way your hearts have nothing but prayers for us.”
Citing the examples of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Nelson Mandela and Sufi saints, the prime minister said a true leader is one who always brings people together and does not spread hate to gain votes. The first thing I did after becoming the prime minister was to tell Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that poverty is our mutual problem, and the way to deal with it is to open our borders to people and trade. “I met Manmohan Singh during a conference and I remember when he was the PM he had said that ‘the entire South Asia can rise if we solve Kashmir’. And that’s what I told Modi. “But I am sad to say that Kashmir has gone beyond a territorial issue. This is an issue of humanity, not a territorial dispute.
“The way Kashmiris are being kept like animals. Their rights have been snatched away which the UN gave them. If Modi is listening, he should know that justice brings peace and injustice spreads confusion. “Let’s rid ourselves of this problem,” he told Modi, referring to the Kashmir dispute. “So we can live like humans.”Imagine the happiness that will spread and how we will be able to pull people out of poverty.
“I have hoped that this is the beginning. One day our relations with India will be such that would have been had the issue of Kashmir been resolved in the beginning.”I also foresee a day when the hatred that has spread in the sub-continent over the past 70 years due to this dispute.
Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses
“You have won hearts,” he said while addressing the premier.
“No benefit or loss was weighed. No deals were considered. My faithful friend Imran khan did this for the love of God.
Further heaping praise on Prime Minister Imran Khan, he said: “There are people who are swept away by the tides of time, even the mountains bow to the tides of time, man is left spinning as it whirls by, but then there are those like Imran Khan who stand the test of time and create history.
“What will you gain from killing in a war? If you want to win someone over, do so by generosity. The enemy can neither die from loss that way nor be able to hold his head high after being struck by such generosity. “This Sikh community is going to take you further than you can fathom,” he said, addressing the prime minister. “We will become your mouthpiece.
“Four generations of Sikhs were deprived; for the first time, a government has opened access to Kartarpur for 140 million Sikhs. Alexander won the world through fear and terror. Imran Khan, you are the Alexander who has won the world’s hearts and you rule them all.”
Navjot Singh Sidhu, known for his colorful phrases, told Prime Minister Narendra Modi he was sending a “Munnabhai MBBS-style hug” as thanks for establishing the Kartarpur Corridor project and helping Sikhs access the Darbar Sahib. “I am thanking Modi Ji it doesn’t matter if we have political differences, doesn’t matter if my life is dedicated to Gandhi family, I am sending a Munnabhai MBBS-style hug to you, Modi saheb, for this,” Sidhu said.
Speaking at an event on the Pakistan-side of the border, the Congress MLA also thanked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, calling him the “king of hearts” and saying, “Sikandar (Alexander) won the world with fear but you won hearts all over the world.”
“Both sides of Punjab witnessed bloodbath during the partition. You and Mr. Modi have applied ointment on the wounds of the people through this initiative,” he said.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi
During the address to Sikh pilgrims, foreign minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the message of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev was one of peace and love, but that it needed to be reflected upon who is today “sowing the seeds of hate” in the subcontinent.
“If the Berlin Wall can be demolished, if the Kartarpur Corridor can be opened, then the temporary boundary of the Line of Control can also be ended,” Qureshi said, adding that the promise of granting the right of self-determination to the people of occupied Kashmir can also be fulfilled.
“You can do so,” he told Modi, “by lifting the curfew in occupied Kashmir, ending the use of pellet guns, ending the violations of human rights and by ending the communication blackout”. He expressed the wish that Modi will open the Srinagar Jamia Mosque for Kashmiri Muslims the way the Kartarpur gurdwara was opened for the Sikh community by Pakistan.
The minister announced that the prime minister has identified 400 temples in the country which will be renovated.
“I hope India and Pakistan relations improve enormously as a result of this beginning,” Manmohan told media as he walked towards the Pakistan side, terming the occasion a “big moment”.
Indian CM Punjab Amrinder Singh
The Indian Punjab chief minister said they were all happy because Sikhs had desired to visit their religious sites in Pakistan for 70 years. “This is a beginning, I hope it’s going to continue and many more gurdwaras are going to be allowed,” he remarked.
“I hope the corridor will eventually become a corridor of peace between the two countries. A lot of work has been done in double-quick time, massive efforts were put in,” said Mr. Singh. “We have heard about Kartarpur Corridor so often; to be able to go and see it by yourself is a different feeling,” he added.
Indian Union Cabinet Minister Harsimrat Badal
“Today is just full of happiness, it’s a historic day, I have said in my speech if a Belin wall can come down then why not this peace process. today is the day of 9th November that the Berlin wall came down and its 9th November this corridor also seeing the reality. “It’s a miracle”. This step which has been taken by the two governments, it’s an entire community that is grateful to both governments and I think its very positive beginning which I am sure with the grace of Guru Nanak Dev Ji will lead to a better relationship. This corridor is peace.”
“It was a nice visit. I hope that the corridor further helps in maintaining peace between India and Pakistan. This was our beginning towards it.”
Besides Sidhu, Bollywood actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol also attended the opening ceremony.
BJP MP from Gurdaspur Sunny Deol expressed his happiness during visiting Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur through the landmark corridor and voiced hope that the step would further help in maintaining peace between India and Pakistan.
Journalist Preeti Sompura
“I came to kartarpur second time, last year when a foundation stone ceremony was held, I came to Pakistan and that time Gurudwara was very small, now it is the largest Gurudwara of the world. Pakistan region will get benefit from this. People of Sikh community from all over the world will come there because for them it is one of the holiest places. Through this project, in the coming years, the deadlock between the two countries will finish. This project has begun to create an atmosphere of peace between the two countries. PM Narendra moodi appreciated this project and praised Imran Khan and I think its too good that Narendra Moodi praised Imran Khan. People from both countries want peace and love, and Kartarpur is starting of this love and peace.”
“We are very excited and thankful to the government of Pakistan, especially PM Imran Khan for opening kartarpur corridor for sikh community, we pray to Guru for further development of Pakistan,” said family from Canada.
“Today we are very happy. The links that were lost through this route have been restored, Muslims of Pakistan are welcoming us with respect, and we got too much respect from Pakistan. People are trying to hug us in bazaars; this is the lost love which we found today”, Said Balveer Singh from UK.
“My dad was born here, my mom was born here. Kartarpur, I have my own house, I think it is no harm on saying that “Imran Khan’s name will be written in golden writings for generations to come”, said Simrat Kaur from Uganda.
“We are very happy to visit Kartarpur Baba Guru’s place, people of Pakistan have served us with happiness and respect, and we didn’t have any problem. We will always be here.” a Yatree from India
“We thank Imran Khan for opening the Kartarpur corridor; It will act as a link between the two countries, the two countries will have greater affection and relations, We hope that the corridor path will maintain love among ourselves. The people of both countries want a lot of love.’’ Joint statement by a group of yatrees from India.
“This is due to the friendship of Imran Khan and Navjot Singh Sidhu that they have given a great gift to the nation. The Sikh nation will always be grateful to Imran Khan”. Said Yatree Shamsher singh from India.
“We have no words to say something, the environment is very peaceful, and we thank Imran khan for this precious gift”. Said Mahinder singh EX MP from India.
Kartarpur Sahib Corridor links Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the corridor from the Indian side while Imran Khan opened the route on the Pakistan side.
India and Pakistan had on October 24 signed an agreement on the modalities for internationalizing Kartarpur Sahib Corridor,