As Pakistan gears up for the high profile inauguration of Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara next month, the government has issued a coin and a stamp to mark the occasion.
The Rs50 commemorative coin and Rs8 stamp depicting the birthplace of Sri Guru Nanak Dev – the founder of the Sikh religion – has been issued simultaneously to mark his 550th birth anniversary.
The coin will be available for Sikh devotees visiting Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara after the inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor by Prime Minister Imran Khan on November 9.
One side of the coin reads “550th Birthday Celebrations Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji 1469-2019”, with a gurdwara carved on it, whereas on the other side it reads Islamic Republic Pakistan and Rs50 with Pakistan’s symbol – a moon and a star.
Prime Minister Khan, who has invited former Indian prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and former Indian Punjab Minister and his cricket contemporary, Navjot Singh Sidhu, to the November 9 ceremony, recently laid the foundation stone of Baba Guru Nanak University in Nankana Sahib in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
The Kartarpur Corridor – as it is called – has been built in record time and is expected to open a whole new chapter in the troubled history of the two nations.
As well as building bridges with this initiative, Pakistan is eyeing sizeable religious tourism with the visa-free facility.
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