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Sikhs await opening of corridor to sacred shrine

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6 Pakistani security officials and Sikh pilgrims walk in front of the Shrine of Baba Guru Nanak Dev at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib ahead of its opening in Kartarpur. — AFP

The Prime Minister also met former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

"I hope relations between Pakistan and India will improve after the opening of Kartarpur", he said. Many saw it as a jibe at Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, who too was a part of the jatha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the Integrated Check Post at the Kartarpur Corridor, a religious link between India and Pakistan, in Punjab's Gurdaspur district.

In the months leading up to the opening, Pakistan employed hundreds of labourers to spruce up the shrine, including building a border immigration checkpoint and a bridge, as well as expanding the site's grounds.

Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, is believed to have lived and died at the temple in Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in the 16th century.

Three of the four wars between India and Pakistan since their independence from Britain in 1947 have been fought over Kashmir.

The decision to charge the $20 fee from the 550 pilgrims using the corridor on the day of the inauguration is another in a line of u-turns by Pakistan on the Kartarpur modalities.

Putting Khan on a high pedestal, an effusive Sidhu asserted that it was the first time since the partition that the boundaries between the two countries were dismantled, passionately declaiming that Pakistan Prime Minister had a huge contribution in making it possible.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sidhu told Mr. Khan, "You have won hearts". "This has been REFUSED by India in blatant disregard of Sikh sentiments", FO spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal tweeted. He thanked Pakistan PM Imran Khan for "creating history" by opening the corridor.

A university in England will host its annual langar on campus event earlier than usual to mark the 550 birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

There are only two major border crossing points between the two countries: Waka, between Amritsar, India and Lahore, Pakistan, and Munabao, South Africa, Jodhpur, India, and Pakistan.

The agreement will allow 5,000 Indian pilgrims daily to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib where Guru Nanak spent last 18 years of his life. The said bomb landed into Sri Khoo Sahib (Sacred Well) and this Darbar Sahib remained unheart (sic).

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