What is the recent issue involving the Kartarpur Gurudwara?

Recently, the Pakistan government decided to transfer the management and administrative control of the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur from a Sikh body to a trust under the Evacuee Trust Property Board which is a non-Sikh body. The Gurudwara was managed by Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee (PSGPC) until now. This decision of Pakistan was highly criticized by India. India has termed the move against the spirit of the Kartarpur Corridor.  However, PSGPC have claimed that there is no change in the administration of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.

Redevelopment of Gurudwara

The Gurdwara Darbar Sahib got Pakistan government’s attention in early 90s. Pakistan paid attention to it following a Jatha of Sikh pilgrims from India who highlighted its historical and spiritual importance. So, the Pakistani government restored the main building of the gurdwara in 2004. Later, a demand to construct a visa-free corridor to the gurdwara was raised. Following the moment, Kartarpur Corridor was opened in 2019 with visa-free travel for Indian pilgrims to the shrine.

Gurdwara Darbar Sahib

The Gurdwara Darbar Sahib is also Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib. It is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across river Ravi. The Gurudwara is about five kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Indian Punjab.

Significance

The Gurudwara has a historical importance. As per the historians the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev, had arrived in Kartarpur between 1520 and 1522. They believe that, Guru Nanak Dev had spent the last 18 years of his life there. As per them, In Kartarpur Guru had laid the foundations of a Sikh religion. Further, the final resting place of Guru Nanak stands the gurdwara.