Our Correspondent Kartarpur
Several Sikh cabinet members and other dignitaries of Indian Punjab, led by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, arrived in Pakistan on Thursday to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib.
The CM was accompanied by his family members, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, Public Works Development Minister Vijay Inder Singla, Members of the Legislative Assembly Harpartap Singh Ajnala and Barindermeet Singh Pahra.
The delegation crossed the border at noon to pay obeisance in the sanctum of Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib in Narowal, Pakistan on the occasion of Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
CM Channi described the reopening of the Kartarpur corridor as a historic moment, adding that it was a joyous occasion as the corridor facilitated numerous devotees in paying respects at Sri Kartarpur Sahib.
“The long-pending ardaas [prayer] of Sikh Sangat has been fulfilled and now we can pay reverence at this holy shrine without any hindrance”, CM Channi said.
The minister stated that reopening of the corridor will facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims to visit Kartarpur by simply obtaining a permit.
He mentioned that he was fortunate to be part of the Sangat paying homage since the demand of Khule Darshan-didar of Gurdwara Sri Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur fulfilled after a long period over seven decades.
“I will pray at Sri Kartarpur Sahib for further prosperity, peace and harmony of both sides,” CM Channi said.