CHANDIGARH MAY 22, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today urged the Union External Affairs Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherji to take up the issue immediately with Government of Pakistan for allowing a religious corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in district Gurdaspur to Kartarpur on Pakistan side.
In a letter to Mr. Mukherji, the Chief Minister pointed out that he had already discussed this issue with the Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh who had asked him to take it up formally with the Ministry of External Affairs. He mentioned that Kartarpur Sahib was one of the most religious places for Sikhs, as the founder of the Sikh religion, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, had spent major part of his life at this place. It lies around 3 kilometers westwards from Dera Baba Nanak in district Gurdaspur on Pakistan side.
Mr. Badal said that the singular desire of every living Sikh is to visit and pay obeisance at this holy shrine atleast once during his lifetime. To that an effect, if a corridor is constructed from Dera Baba Nanak side to the site of Gurdwara at Kaprtapur (Pakistan side) it would go a long way in fulfilling this religious wish of the entire Sikh community