Was not aware of Kartarpur’s importance till a year ago: Imran Khan

Kartarpur: Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Saturday formally inaugurated the historic Kartarpur corridor ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev.

Khan inaugurated the corridor by removing a curtain that was lifted by hot air balloons. A huge ‘kirpan’ (dagger) was displayed at the inauguration site.

“I was not aware of the importance of the Kartarpur till a year ago,” Khan told a gathering of over 12,000 devotees, including former PM Manmohan Singh and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Khan welcomed the first batch of the Indian Sikh pilgrims who entered Pakistan through the corridor which links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab’s Gurdaspur. Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the doors of Kartarpur have been opened for Sikh pilgrims.

“If Berlin Wall can be demolished, if Kartarpur Corridor can be opened, then temporary boundary of the LoC can also be ended,” Qureshi said, invoking Kashmir issue during his address.