Pakistan decides to reopen Kartarpur Corridor from June 29, India calls it 'Mirage of Goodwill'

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="435"]Kartarpur corridor kartarpur corridor (file photo)[/caption]

Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi took to Twitter to announce that he has conveyed to the Indian side about Pakistan readiness to reopen the 4.7 kilometre passage to the Gurdwara Sahib for all Sikh pilgrims from June 29.


"As places of worship open up across the world, Pakistan prepared to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for all Sikh pilgrims, conveying to the Indian side our readiness to reopen the corridor on 29 June 2020, the occasion of the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh." The tweet read.

The Pakistan foreign minister issued a statement, underlining "Pakistan has conveyed it's readiness to the Indian side to reopen kartarpur corridor..The corridor was temporarily closed on 16 March 2020 due to covid-19 pandemic. As religious places are gradually opening up around the world, Pakistan has also made necessary arrangements to reopen Kartarpur Sahib corridor. To ensure health guidelines, Pakistan has invited India to work out necessary SOPs for resumption of the corridor."

India said that it would evaluate the offer and contemplate over it before making any announcement, and that Pakistan was trying to create a 'mirage of goodwill' by proposing reopening of the pilgrimage suspended in the wake of covid-19 pandemic.

"It is to be noted that Pakistan is trying to create a mirage of goodwill by proposing to resume the kartarpur corridor on June 29,at a short notice of 2 days, while bilateral agreement provides for information to be shared by India with the Pakistan side at least 7 days before the date of travel. This would need India to open up the registration process in advance", sources said.

The pandemic forced the government to direct the closure of public places, and the pilgrimage via the corridor was suspended on March 16. The corridor which opened in November 2019 was used by 44,951 Indian pilgrims until January this year.