UN chief to visit Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara during trip to Pakistan
United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres is expected to visit one of the most prominent Sikh pilgrimage sites next TuesdayUpdated: Feb 11, 2020 10:06 IST
UNITED NATIONS: UN chief Antonio Guterres will visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, in Kartarpur during his visit to Pakistan next week.
The UN secretary-general will arrive in Islamabad on Sunday and will hold bilateral meetings with Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan and foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on that day and speak at an event on sustainable development and climate change.
Guterres will “travel to Kartarpur to visit a holy site, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib,” deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters here on Monday.
The UN chief is expected to visit one of the most prominent Sikh pilgrimage sites next Tuesday.
Guru Nanak Dev spent the last 18 years of his life at Kartarpur Sahib, which has now become the world’s largest gurdwara.
On February 17, Guterres will also speak at the International Conference on 40 Years of Hosting Afghan Refugees in Pakistan, which is being organised by the Pakistan government and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), along with the high commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi.
Guterres will also meet Pakistan President Arif Alvi.
The secretary-general will be in Lahore on February 18, where he will meet students and attend an event on Pakistan’s polio vaccination campaign. He will visit Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara before returning to New York on February 19.
On November 9, the UN chief welcomed the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor between India and Pakistan, saying it paved the way for interfaith harmony and understanding.
“We welcome #Pakistan and #India opening #KartarpurCorridor today connecting two key Sikh pilgrimage sites, paving way for interfaith harmony and understanding by facilitating visa-free cross border visits by pilgrims to holy shrines,” spokesperson for the secretary-general had tweeted.
The Kartarpur Corridor links Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur in India and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan. The Kartarpur Sahib is located across the Ravi in Pakistan and is about 4 km from Dera Baba Nanak.
According to the agreement between Pakistan and India, 5,000 pilgrims from India can visit the shrine daily and the number can be increased in future.