Binoculars on the border to help Sikhs see gurdwara in Pakistan
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