The kartarpur corridor is a borderline corridor between India and Pakistan. It connects the Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib (located in Punjab India ) and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib(in Punjab , Pakistan). This corridor intends to allow religious devotees from India to the Gurdwara in Kartarpur. This corridor is 4.7 kilometres from the Indo-Pak border.
This corridor allows the visa free visit .
The Kartarpur corridor was previously proposed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Nawaz Sharif in the early 1999 as a part of the DELHI-LAHORE bus diplomacy. The foundation stone for the Kartarpur corridor on Indian side was laid on 26th November 2018, on the other hand the foundation stone for Kartarpur on Pakistan side laid on 28th November 2018. The corridor has been completed before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Deva. It was inaugurated on 9th November 2019 on both sides by the respective Prime minister’s. The prime minister of Pakistan Imran khan said Pakistan believes that the road to prosperity of region and Bright future of the coming generation lies in peace adding that Pakistan is not only opening the border but also their hearts for the Sikh community. By saying this Imran khan told that Kartarpur corridor is only for the Sikh community. India has requested Pakistan to allow the people of other religious community for the Kartarpur without visa. But this request has not been considered yet. Over 562 pilgrims visited Kartarpur as Narendra modi inaugurated corridor on the Indian side. prominent among the pilgrims were Sidhu and Manmohan singh.
The Kartarpur corridor is a boon to Sikh community because previously Indian Sikh community were not allowed easily allowed to visit the Gurdwara. The Sikhs on the Indian side used to see the Gurdwara by using binoculars which is 4 to 5 kms away from the Indian border. Now let us imagine . If the Hindus were not allow to visit kashi but could see from 4 to 5 km away or the Muslims not allowed to madina but could see from 4 to 5 km away. It would be most annoying and sad situation where Sikh community has gone through this situation for these many days.
The Kartarpur corridor can be also a threat to our national security .In the Pakistan side of Kartarpur corridor there was a banner which pictured Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale(khalistani movement leader killed in operation blue star) and Imran khan . This act was severely criticised by India. The main hidden agenda of this corridor is to support the khalistani movement and even there might be possible terrorist infiltrations through this corridor. There is a new demand put forth by the Pakistan that the same corridoral initiative should be taken to the Jamia masjid which is there in Indian Kashmir. Which is highly impossible!!.
Abhishek s Shisambrimath.