PAKISTAN (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Hundreds of Sikh Indians began crossing the India-Pakistan border on Saturday through a specially designed corridor to enable them to head to one of their holiest sites in Pakistan, according to footage broadcast by the state-run Pakistan Channel.
The opening of the corridor, which India has been waiting for years, should allow thousands of Sikh visitors to participate without visas at the 550th anniversary of the birth of their founder in the coming days.
Among the first visitors who crossed the corridor was former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who called it a “great moment.” “I hope the relations between Pakistan and India will improve after the opening of the Kartarpur,” he told state television.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on Saturday for his “cooperation” in opening the corridor.
“I would like to thank the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan for respecting India’s feelings. I thank him for his cooperation,” Moody said in televised remarks at the opening ceremony of the corridor on the Indian side of the border.
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