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S Asia Pakistan offers to set up corridor for Sikh pilgrims

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    Islamabad, June 26 (PTI)

    Pakistan has offered to set up a special corridor for Sikh pilgrims to visit the sacred Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, which lies only three kms from the international border, a senior official has said.

    Pakistan is ready for talks with India to create such a special corridor for a safe passage for pilgrims, Syed Asif Hashmi, chief of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) that is responsible for maintaining the shrines of minority communities in Pakistan, told reporter at Hasanabdal yesterday.

    Organisations representing Indian Sikhs have been demanding the establishment of a passport and visa-free passage between Dera Baba Nanak on the Indian side and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, located about three kilometres from the border in Pakistan's Narowal district.

    According to Sikh history, Guru Nanak, the first spiritual leader of the community, spent 17 years at the site where Gurdwara Kartarpur is situated.

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