Sikhs Keen for Good Relations Between India, Pakistan: US Body’s Chief

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Happiness is a small word. We are absolutely thrilled and congratulate Pakistan for taking this historic decision  to open the Kartarpur crossing and build a corridor between the two Punjabs to facilitate visits to Gurdwara Kartarpur Saheb.

WASHINGTON — Sikhs across the world want good relations between India and Pakistan as tensions between the two neighbours prevent them from visiting some of their holiest shrines, says the American Sikh community.

Among the Sikhs in North America, there’s an almost universal welcome for Pakistan’s decision to open the Kartarpur crossing and build a corridor between the two Punjabs to facilitate visits to Gurdwara Kartarpur Saheb.

“Are we happy? Happiness is a small word. We are absolutely thrilled and congratulate Pakistan for taking this historic decision,” said Sardar Jasbir Singh, chairman of ‘Sikhs of America’ — the largest Sikh organisation in North America.

“This is a big khush khabri (good news) from Pakistan,” said Baljinder Singh Shammi, a former president of the Sikh Association of Baltimore. “We have been working for it for decades. Finally, it happened.”

Every day, we pray for Pakistan. We cannot do otherwise because some of our holiest shrines are there. Pakistan is also the main source of Punjabi culture and literature.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan will perform the groundbreaking of the 4km-long corridor, which will provide visa-free access to Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

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