Indian Assembly desires to make Kartarpur Gurdwara land part of Indian territory
NEW DELHI – The Punjab Legislative Assembly in India passed a resolution on Friday, to swap the land with Pakistan in a bid to bring the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, located on the Pakistani side, within the Indian territory.
The resolution was initially intended to praise the efforts of the Punjab government and the BJP regime led by Narendra Modi for opening a cross-border corridor to facilitate Indian Sikh pilgrims.
However, Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal demanded that land swap with Pakistan be made a part of the resolution which was accepted before the resolution was passed unanimously.
Moreover, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, member of assembly from Dera Baba Nanak, suggested land from his constituency could be handed over to Pakistan in the swap; the corridor is proposed to start from the same area.
The provincial assembly also urged the Centre to complete the work for opening the corridor before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in November 2019.
The chief minister said he hopes the corridor would become a “bridge of peace” and reiterated he would accompany the first ‘Jatha’ to Kartarpur next year.
He also congratulated Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan for the corridor development saying, people have high hopes from him.