Binoc­u­lars on the bor­der to help Sikhs see gur­d­wara in Pak­istan

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Queues have be­come longer at the dar­shan sthal near the in­ter­na­tional bor­der in Pun­jab’s Gur­daspur as pil­gims con­verge to catch a glimpse of one of the holi­est Sikh shrines—Gur­d­wara Kar­tarpur Sahib—sit­u­ated 4.5km away in Pak­istan’s Narowal district.

The in­crease in foot­fall comes af­ter re­ports that Pa- kistan is plan­ning to al­low “visa-free di­rect ac­cess” to Kar­tarpur Sahib for In­dian Sikh pil­grims. For now, a glimpse is all the pil­grims get. On a clear day, devo­tees can see the shrine’s white struc­ture and dome from the dar­shan sthal, which was built by the BSF in 2008, a lit­tle short of the bor­der fence.

Binoc­u­lars, firmly se­cured in an iron case, come handy as devo­tees re­cite prayers and bow in rev­er­ence.

Navjot Sidhu views Kar­tarpur Sahib from the dar­shan sthal

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