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Pak has ‘Mecca and Medina’ of Sikhs in Kartarpur: Imran Khan – The Tribune India

Pak has ‘Mecca and Medina’ of Sikhs in Kartarpur: Imran Khan – The Tribune India

Dubai, February 11

Pakistan has the Mecca and Medina for the Sikhs and the nation is opening up these websites for the minority neighborhood, Prime Minister Imran Khan has mentioned.

Prime Minister Khan in November final yr laid the muse stone for the hall linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur – the ultimate resting place of Sikh religion’s founder Guru Nanak Dev – to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district to facilitate visa-free motion of Indian Sikh pilgrims.

Khan was within the UAE on a day-long journey to participate within the seventh version of the World Authorities Summit on the invitation of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum.

“We have now the Mecca and Medina of the Sikhs… and we’re simply opening up these websites for Sikhs,” Khan mentioned on Sunday.

Mecca and Medina are the 2 holiest websites in Islam.

“We have now opened our visa regime. For the primary time in Pakistan, we have now 70 international locations from the place folks can come and get visas on the airport,” the prime minister mentioned.

Khan mentioned Pakistan has the very best vacationer potential though for the time being it hardly has any tourism.

“Half the world’s highest peaks are in Pakistan,” he mentioned, including that the nation has 1,000 kilometers of shoreline.

Khan additionally mentioned that Pakistan has the oldest historic monuments, most likely as outdated as wherever on the planet.

“We have now Indus Valley Civilisation, which is 5,000 years outdated. We have now Peshawar, the oldest residing metropolis on the planet, 2,500 years outdated. Lahore and Multan are historic cities.

“We have now the Gandhara civilisation, which was the cradle of Buddhist civilisation, within the north of Islamabad. The most important sleeping Buddha, 40 toes, is in Haripur. We have now among the best and highest variety of Sufi shrines throughout Pakistan,” he mentioned.

Khan mentioned they’re opening up the nation for tourism.

Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan is situated throughout the river Ravi, about 4 kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. It was established by the Sikh Guru in 1522. The primary Gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, was constructed right here, the place Guru Nanak is alleged to have died.

The Kartarpur Hall, which is able to facilitate the visa-free journey of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, is predicted to be accomplished quickly.

1000’s of Sikh devotees from India go to Pakistan yearly to rejoice the beginning anniversary of Guru Nanak.

India had proposed the hall to Pakistan round 20 years again. PTI

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