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Pakistan govt lays astroturf in Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara to facilitate pilgrims in hot weather

Indian pilgrims are not visiting the gurdwara at present as India temporarily suspended the pilgrimage and registration for the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara on March 16 in view of the Covid-19 pandemic

chandigarh Updated: Jul 14, 2020 11:09 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Sikh pilgrims from Pakistan have been visiting the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Narowal district, 4km from India’s Dera Baba Nanak town, after it was reopened on June 29 following its closure for three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The astroturf was laid on the marble floor last week, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) spokesperson Amir Hashmi said.
Sikh pilgrims from Pakistan have been visiting the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Narowal district, 4km from India’s Dera Baba Nanak town, after it was reopened on June 29 following its closure for three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The astroturf was laid on the marble floor last week, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) spokesperson Amir Hashmi said.(PTI file photo)

Lahore: The Pakistan government has laid a 16,000-foot artificial turf in the courtyard of the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara to facilitate bare-footed pilgrims walk on the marble floor in the scorching heat, a top official said on Monday.

Sikh pilgrims from Pakistan have been visiting the gurdwara after it was reopened on June 29 following its closure for three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Astroturf was laid on the marble floor of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib last week,” Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) spokesperson Amir Hashmi said.

He said the gurdwara floor is carpeted with 16,000-ft turf in the courtyard to facilitate pilgrims as they have to walk bare-foot on the marble floor and in this hot weather, it is difficult to walk or sit on it.

Indian pilgrims are currently not visiting the gurdwara as India temporarily suspended the pilgrimage and registration for the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara on March 16 in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

Pilgrims of all faiths from India are allowed to undertake round the year visa-free travel to the historic gurdwara in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Photos tweeted by the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee showing the astroturf spread out for the convenience of pilgrims on the marble floor at Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara  due to the hot weather.
Photos tweeted by the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee showing the astroturf spread out for the convenience of pilgrims on the marble floor at Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara due to the hot weather. ( Twitter )
Hindustantimes

NO GREEN SIGNAL FROM INDIA

“Still there has been no green signal from India to allow Sikhs to visit the gurdwara,” Hashmi said, adding Pakistani Sikhs, however, are visiting it since June 29.

Sikhs from Pakistan and India are allowed to visit the Darabar Sahib by following the standard operating protocol (SOPs) for social distancing. ETPB and Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee have made special arrangements for the safety of the pilgrims.

Earlier, foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan had conveyed the Indian side about its readiness to reopen the corridor in connection with the occasion of the death anniversary of Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjeet Singh on June 29.

Sources in the government of India in New Delhi had said Pakistan was trying to create a mirage of goodwill by proposing to reopen the corridor on June 29.

SHORT NOTICE OF TWO DAYS

The sources also wondered why Pakistan proposed to reopen it in such a short notice of two days while a bilateral agreement on the corridor provided for information to be shared by both sides at least seven days before the date of travel.

The 4km-long Kartarpur Corridor provides visa-free access to Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the gurdwara, the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev, who had spent the last 18 years of his life in Kartarpur.

In November last year, the two countries threw open the corridor linking Dera Baba Sahib in Gurdaspur in India and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, in a historic people-to-people initiative.

Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the Ravi river, about 4km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.

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