A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion’s holiest sites is set to open on Saturday.
As a result, thousands of Sikhs will make pilgrimage which the decades of conflict between the two countries interrupted.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will see off the first group of pilgrims.
On the other side of the border, the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will welcome the group at the sacred shrine.
The shrine marks the grave of Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak at Kartarpur just four kilometers inside Pakistan.
The deal allows for up to 5000 pilgrims to cross the secure corridor and bridge between the two countries.
On Thursday, the custodian of shrine Ramesh Singh expressed hope that the initiative would pave way for similar access to other Sikh sites inside Pakistan in the future.
He reiterated that if you look at the history, the foundation of Sikhism is from Pakistan.
On the other hand, the initiative also worked for employment opportunities in Pakistan.
In the months leading up to the opening, Pakistan employed hundred of laborers to spruce up the shrine. Additionally, Pakistan built a border immigration checkpoint and a bridge.
Interestingly, the opening comes just the days ahead of Guru Nanak’s 550th birthday on November 12. Thousands of Sikhs celebrate the birthday of Guru Nanak with great religious fervor.
A pilgrim from Malaysia said that it was going to be a really emotional moment as for over 70 years; pilgrims haven’t had the chance to cross over.
Others hoped that the corridor would help mend ties between the rivals after the years of hostility.
Moreover, a Sikh from Australia said that the ties should improve and they shall improve certainly as the goodwill was oozing due to the initiative.