India and Pakistan reach deal on new road to Sikh temple

November 22, 2018.

India and Pakistan have agreed to construct a new border entry point and road to allow Sikh pilgrims from India to visit a shrine in Pakistan.

Sikhism was born in Punjab, a region that was divided between the two countries during partition in 1947.

The Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is one of Sikhism’s holiest shrines. The religion’s founder, Guru Nanak, spent the last 18 years of his life there.

The decision coincides with the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth.

Since the division of India and Pakistan into two separate nations, Indians have had limited access to the shrine, often struggling to get visas to visit, says BBC Punjabi’s Dalip Kumar.

Correspondents believe the announcement signals a thaw in relations between the two countries, which have fought three wars and a limited conflict since 1947.



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