Amritsar: Pakistan’s federal minister for planning, development, and special incentives, Ahsan Iqbal, on Monday, announced the construction of a dedicated expressway from Nankana Sahib and Sialkot airport to Kartarpur Sahib in order to attract Sikhs from all over the world to visit and pay obeisance at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartapur Sahib.
The minister, however, did not announce any plans to abolish the US $20 service charge imposed by the Pakistan government on Indians who travel through the Kartarpur Corridor to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.
Ramesh Singh Arora, a Sikh who accompanied Ahsan to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, said that while announcing the provision of the best facilities to the followers of Guru Nanak Dev, the minister said the Pakistan government would construct a dedicated expressway between Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev, and Kartarpur Sahib, where he spent his last years. He said a road link would be constructed between Sialkot airport and Kartapur Sahib.
Guru Nanak Dev spent his final days at Kartapur Sahib. Incidentally, he died at this place as well. His samadhi and mazaar were set up at that place by his Hindu and Muslim followers, respectively. After a huge effort, a dedicated corridor was constructed between Dera Baba Nanak, India, and Kartarpur Sahib, Pakistan. The corridor was inaugurated on November 9, 2019, for a day-long pilgrimage to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib on payment of a US $20 service fee charged by Pakistan.
Ahsan further added that Kartapur Sahib is a symbolic place of peace, interfaith harmony, and unity, and invited Sikhs from all over the world to visit Kartarpur Sahib and pay obeisance at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.