New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan for “respecting the sentiment of Indians" by allowing the opening of the Kartarpur corridor between the two countries.
Addressing a gathering of devotees at Dera Baba Nanak, the last town on the Indian side of the border in Punjab, Modi said the message of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism was one of social harmony, equality and ending social evils in the society.
“I would like to thank the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan Niazi for respecting the sentiments of India. The message and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji is for all and not only for the Sikh community. Guru Nanak showed the path of unity, brotherhood in the society," Modi said.
Modi said the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor comes at a time when the entire country was celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. He said that Guru Nanak’s message of truth and honesty in the process of development would always lead to growth.
Earlier in the day, Modi inaugurated the integrated check post (ICP) on the Indian side of border which would facilitate the movement of devotees to Darbar Sahib gurdwara in Kartarpur, Pakistan.
He said every Indian should work for social harmony and maintain brotherhood.
“It was in Kartarpur where Guru Nana gave the message of Kirat Karo (work honestly), Naam Japo (remember God) and Vandh Chako (share). Guru Nanak taught equality and his message will lead to development," Modi said.