LAHORE, Punjab—The World Sikh Parliament has highly hailed the Pakistan government’s initiative of beginning the construction of Kartarpur Sahib corridor by terming the development as a best tribute to the first Sikh master Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji on the historic eve of his 550th birthday celebrations. Notably, the Pakistani PM Imran Khan had laid the foundation stone of Kartarpur corridor in Shakargarh Tehsil of Narowal District in Pakistani Punjab on November 28.
“This occasion will also be a milestone in the burgeoning friendship between the Sikh nation and Pakistan which has, once again, shown its genuine commitment to its minorities in general and the Sikhs in particular” reads a press release by the WSP highlighting the mistreatment being endured by the Sikhs residing in India.
The World Sikh Parliament has also predicted of the inflow of Sikh pilgrims in large scores once the Kartarpur Sahib corridor becomes operational. The Kartarpur Sahib corridor is expected to act as a powerful driver of an enthusiastic engagement between the Sikhs and Pakistan over the months and years ahead.
It is noteworthy here that the Word Sikh Parliament was formed in pursuance to a resolution of the Sarbat Khalsa (Sikh congregation) held at village Chabba of Amritsar Sahib in November 2015. It has been set to work with the UN, states and non-state actors to represent and safeguard the interests of the Sikh nation and to promote universal values and international law both in the Sikh homeland and beyond.
World Sikh Parliament Conveys Sikh Nation’s Heartfelt Appreciation of Pakistan’s Ground Breaking Kartarpur Sahib Corridor Initiative
28 November 2018
Sri Kartarpur Sahib, Pakistan.
Today’s laying of the foundation of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at this sacred place by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is an historic event for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it represents a very special manifestation of the message of universal brotherhood taught by Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji who passed on to his Heavenly abode from here in 1539. There can be no better tribute to his memory from our Pakistani friends.
This occasion will also be a milestone in the burgeoning friendship between the Sikh nation and Pakistan which has, once again, shown its genuine commitment to its minorities in general and the Sikhs in particular. That commitment, so often overlooked by vested interests, is one we Sikhs salute. It sits in stark contrast to the genocidal mistreatment of minorities across the border where the Sikh religion is not even accorded constitutional recognition as a distinct religion and where the desecration of the Sikh scriptures has been repeatedly carried out by those enjoying the shameful patronage of ruling politicians.
The coming year will see Sikhs visit Pakistan in their tens of thousands in the lead up to the 550th Gurpurab celebrations which will conclude in Nankana Sahib in November 2019. The willingness of the Pakistan authorities to honour Sikh sentiments and the undoubted warmth of the people here will be a powerful driver of an enthusiastic engagement between us over the months and years ahead.
The Sikhs have called for the creation of this corridor for decades and are deeply appreciative of the Government of Pakistan for unilaterally taking this initiative despite the many years of unfortunate, reprehensible resistance from the Indian establishment. India’s sudden acceptance of the corridor proposal in recent days, albeit belated, is welcome. It is a direct result of a far-sighted act of statesmanship by Imran Khan and his colleagues. We sincerely thank them and are overjoyed to see these developments at a time when Sikhs across the globe are commemorating the 549th birth anniversary of the founder of our faith.
The Word Sikh Parliament was formed pursuant to a resolution of the Sarbat Khalsa (national gathering) held in the Sikh homeland in November 2015. It will work with the UN, states and non-state actors to represent and safeguard the interests of the Sikh nation and to promote universal values and international law both in the Sikh homeland and beyond.