Pilgrimage activities resume after India reopens Kartarpur corridor

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After the Indian government reopened their portion of the Kartarpur corridor on Tuesday, pilgrimage-related activities were resumed at the Gurdawara Darbar Sahib.

After flooding reached crop fields adjacent to the corridor on July 20, the Indian government decided to block the route.

Upon concluding a flag meeting with Pakistan Rangers at the zero-line, Indian officials opened the gate on their side of the corridor on Saturday morning, according to a senior official of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB).

Only 53 of the 106 pilgrims who were supposed to travel via the corridor from India on Tuesday (July 25) actually did, according to ETPB administrator Rana Tariq.

According to him, 89 Indian pilgrims are expected to go to Kartarpur on Wednesday, July 26, and that number would rise over the next days.

According to him, on Tuesday, the side gates between Pakistan and India opened at 8:15 and 8:45 am, respectively, and at about 9:05 am, Sikh pilgrims entered Pakistan through the corridor to visit Gurdawara Darbar Sahib.

Mr. Tariq responded to a query by saying that although the Indian authorities were expected to open the corridor on July 22, they chose not to under the pretext of floods.