The High Commissioner of Pakistan in New Zealand Dr Abdul Malik visited the Wellington Gurudwara Sahib Naenae on Sunday, November 10 on the occasion of Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary celebrations.
The recent opening of the corridor across the India-Pakistan border that facilitates entry of Sikh pilgrims from India to the much revered Kartarpur Gurudwara has brought huge bonhomie between the two communities in New Zealand.
In appreciation of this bonhomie, Dr Malik was invited by the Wellingtonian Sikh community at the local gurudwara celebrating Guru Nanak’s 550th Birth Anniversary.
Speaking on occasion, Dr Malik Malik invited the Sikh community to visit the Gurudwaras in Pakistan, including Kartarpur Gurudwara.
Dr Malik assured that his office would assist in expediting visa processing for those keen to visit Gurudwaras in Pakistan. Dr Malik told the audience that Forty-three people from New Zealand have been granted visas by the Pakistan government to travel to Kartarpur Corridor for its inauguration ceremony on Saturday, November 9.
He was felicitated with an honorarium for the opening of Kartarpur Corridor and offered a booklet on the life of Guru Nanak Sahib.
Subsequently, he and his wife were served with langar after the official event along with other guests present at the gurudwara.
Earlier, the Kartarpur Corridor was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan from either side of the border on Saturday, November 9