Sikh Community in Qatar called on PM Imran Khan, lauded PM Khan's initiative

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Sikh Community in Qatar called on PM Imran Khan, lauded PM Khan's initiative

DOHA - The prime minister arrived in Doha on Monday for a two-official visit during which he has met with his Qatari counterpart Abdullah bin Naseer bin Khalifa Al Thani and Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Representatives of the Sikh community called on PM and thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan for the groundbreaking of the Kartapur Corridor.

The groundbreaking was held in November 2018, and since then Pakistan has invited an Indian delegation to Islamabad to finalise the Kartarpur agreement

According to a Foreign Office press release, Pakistan has shared the draft agreement between the government of Pakistan and the government of India for facilitation of Sikh Yatrees to visit the Gurudwara.

Kartarpur is located beside the River Ravi in Narowal district, some 120km from Lahore and only about 3-4km from the border with India.

Settled in 1521 by Baba Guru Nanak, the village is famous for its white-domed Gurdwara Kartarpur Darbar Sahib, which holds religious significance for the Sikh community. Kartarpur is where Baba Guru Nanak settled down after his travels as a missionary. He lived there for 18 years until his death in 1539.

Gurdwara Kartarpur Darbar Sahib was built by Sardar Bhupindar Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala between 1921 and 1929.

According to Sardar Gobind Singh, the in-charge of the Gurdwara, the region was a stretch of wilderness but began to attract the Sikh pilgrims after its repair work was started in 2000.

Gurdwara Kartarpur Darbar has a well in its garden, and a large kitchen where the pilgrims are served food.