Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor has said that Indian Sikh pilgrims would require a passport to use the Kartarpur Corridor, contrary to what Pakistan PM Imran Khan had stated on Twitter on November 1.
Some fathers ran, carrying their children on their shoulders.
The 4.5 km-long corridor connects Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab's Gurdaspur with Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, a small town about 4 km from the International Border, located at Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province.
"Generally people say that God is everywhere". Tensions between the neighbors, who have fought three wars since independence, have made it hard for those Indian Sikhs who wish to make the pilgrimage.
The proximity of the shrine, known in Sikhism as a gurdwara, is such that Indian Sikhs can stand at the border and gaze across the divide at the building's four cupolas.
"The first batch of the Sikh pilgrims today embarked on their journey through Kartarpur corridor", an official said. Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh along with Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal gave the Prime Minister company.
Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu was also in attendance at the inauguration ceremony and thanked Imran Khan for taking the bold step to build the Kartarpur Corridor "without looking at gains or losses".
"I hope, this is a beginning".
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The event was supposed to also be attending by Duchess Camilla , but she was forced to pull out due to a chest infection. Meghan exclaims in the clip, before gesturing to the child's bottom gum and saying, "Archie just got two teeth".
Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Director General South Asia and SAARC Dr. Muhammad Faisal and India's Joint Secretary External Affairs SCL Das signed the agreement on behalf of their respective countries at Kartarpur Zero Point.
Imran Khan said Pakistan believes that interfaith harmony and peaceful coexistence would provide an opportunity to work for larger interests of the people of the Sub-continent.
Saturday's opening comes on the 30th anniversary of Wall's demise.
He compared the situation to Muslims being able to see holy sites in Medina, but never visit. The opening happened ahead of the guru's 550th birthday on November 12, which will be marked with celebrations by millions of Sikhs around the world.
The inauguration ceremony for the Corridor on the Indian side will also be held on Saturday.
Many were emotional, some in tears.
"Life is short", said Davinder Singh Wadah, an Indian pilgrim who spoke to AFP at the shrine Saturday after arriving in Pakistan last week on a visa, a process which can take months.