Why Pakistan wants Indian officials away from the event at Nankana Sahib

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The news of opening the Kartarpur Corridor was confirmed by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi through a tweet, in which, he had said that Pakistan has conveyed its decision to India to open Kartarpura Corridor for Baba Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary.

It said, this is also in breach of the letter and spirit of the 1974 Bilateral Protocol on a visit to religious shrines and the Code of Conduct for the treatment of diplomatic or consular personnel in India and Pakistan.

Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has welcomed Pakistan's decision to open the Kartarpur Corridor on 550th birth anniversary Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji.

Two officials of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan were stopped from entering two gurdwaras by their administration, which was upset over the screening of a film in India that they claim has hurt sentiments of the Sikh community.

The corridor, once built, will give Indian pilgrims easy access to the shrine in Kartarpur.

After India and Pakistan said they'll develop a corridor to help Sikhs travel to the final resting place of Guru Nanak, their faith's founder - a gurdwara in Kartarpur, Pakistan, Sidhu said that this happy development is the "result" of a hug. President greets fellow citizens on the eve of birthday of Guru Nanak Dev.

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"I humbly request the Government to dispense their duty towards 12 Crore "Nanak Naam Laivas" world over, by writing to the Pakistan Government".

"This is their historic and unprecedented tribute to the Sikh sentiments contained in our daily "Ardas" (prayer), seeking unrestricted "Darshan Deedar and Seva Sambhal" (paying obeisance) of all historic shrines from which the Sikh community was weaned away following the partition in 1947, said Badal".

The Ministry of External Affairs released a statement on Friday condemning Pakistan's move to deny consular access to the Sikh pilgrims.

Meanwhile, Partap Singh Bajwa meanwhile, said "While I welcome the decision".

"The Government of India has been oscillating on its position on the opening of the Kartarpur corridor".

Kartarpur Sahib is situated in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province and there have been demands to build a corridor linking it with Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.

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