Gurdaspur (India)/ Kartarpur (Pakistan), 31 Dec 2022: A 10-member delegation of Aaghaz-e-Dosti from India travelled to Kartarpur Sahib on the eve of New Year with the objective to offer prayers for peace and strengthening spiritual connections between the two nations. Members of the delegation joined from various Indian cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Panipat, Pune, Indore and Mussoorie.
Aaghaz-e-Dosti in a statement said that being the first visa-free corridor, Kartarpur reflects a corridor of peace and it is sending a message of peacebuilding and commitment of both sides of governments that despite all disagreements, even states on both sides look positively with hope.
Aaghaz-e-Dosti said that now Kartarpur has completed three years since the opening of this route which was a long demanding one and since then thousands of families and devotees travelled to offer prayers at Gurudwara and it also brought an opportunity where many divided families met.
The delegation visiting Kartarpur is led by Prof. Jagmohan Singh, a renowned academician, author and popularly known as the nephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Ram Mohan Rai, a social activist and General Secretary of Gandhi Global Family. Along with them, a team of persons who belong to different backgrounds and from all walks of life participated. This visit was coordinated jointly by Aaghaz-e-Dosti coordinators Nitin Mittoo and Jansher Khan.
Prof. Jagmohan Singh said that Gurunanak is a great personality who connects not only Sikhs, but even all peace-loving persons as Nanak always advocated peace and love.
Prof. Singh said that India and Pakistan have many such connections, but unfortunately we are still unable to fully utilise this potential of connection. Spiritual connections like Nizamuddin Shrine, Katasraj Temple, Hinglaj Mata Temple, Ajmer Shrine, Kartarpur Gurudwara, Golden Temple, Sharda Peeth etc. are many such opportunities where people from both sides want to visit due to their faith and love. He said that similarly there are persons like Bhagat Singh, and Lala Lajpat Rai whose native places people want to visit to look into history which we need to think about to open for frequent visits by people.
Ram Mohan Rai said that Pakistan and India are meeting each other at Kartarpur and this is a great message of oneness and of unity which Guru Nanak always preached in his life.
Mr Rai said that more and more such options should be opened where people can visit and through such visits, people get a different feeling which is truly spiritual.
Aaghaz-e-Dosti Coordinator Jansher Khan from Pakistan said that many Pakistanis visit Kartarpur every day and they also meet people from India and see how both are so similar, so close and yet too far. Kartarpur corridor is providing an opportunity for common Pakistanis and Indians to at least see each other face to face and to understand how our history is connected and so are our future.
Nitin Mittoo in Amritsar informed that Aaghaz-e-Dosti believes in actions for peacebuilding and intends to carry this Kartarpur delegation more frequently.
He also informed that people are very happy that they can now travel to the place of GuruNanak without a visa as it is much more convenient than earlier but we should also work towards easier travel and to more places.