Issue Brief on “Kartarpur Corridor: A Hope for Peace”


The Pakistan Government has announced to open the 4.7 kilometer long, visa free Kartarpur Corridor on the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak in November 2019. While inaugurating the project in November 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan stated, “There have been mistakes on both sides [in the past], but we will not be able to move forward until we break the chains of the past. The past is there only to teach us, not for us to live in.”[1]

Every year thousands of Sikh devotees come from India to Kartarpur to celebrate Baba Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary. Kartarpur is located in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. About three kilometers away from the border with India, Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is located on the banks of River Ravi in Pakistan and is the site where founder of Sikhism, Baba Guru Nanak spent his life’s last 18 years before dying in 1539.

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