The first Indian Sikh pilgrims have passed through the new Kartarpur border crossing between India and Pakistan. The secure visa-free corridor marks a rare moment of coperation between the neighbors.
Pakistan and India on Saturday opened a new corridor and border crossing to facilitate the Indian followers of Sikh faith to visit one of their holiest shrines.
India’s state TV reported that the first few hundred pilgrims made the journey along the secure visa-free corridor between the two nuclear foes.
About 90 minutes later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part in an inauguration ceremony at the border post on the Indian side.
The shrine to Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak lies in Kartarpur, a small town just four kilometers (2.5 miles) into Pakistani territory.