Punjab Deputy Chief Minster Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday called for an early decision on opening a corridor from the Indian side to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

He also sought a positive decision on handing over the management and control of gurdwaras located in Pakistan to Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex body of Sikh Gurdwara management.

Mr. Badal made these requests when he called on Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Thursday, an official release said here.

He said the sentiments of the Sikh community were inherently attached to gurdwaras located in Pakistan and Mr. Sharif should request his federal government to give free access to Sikhs to pay obeisance in them.

Raising the issue of corridor to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, Mr. Badal said that this historic gurdwara of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev, was located on the Pakistan side just two km from the Indo-Pak border in the Dera Baba Nanak sector.

He said the SGPC and the Punjab Government had been requesting the Union Government and Pakistan to give a pilgrim corridor up to the gurdwara so that Indian pilgrims could have uninterrupted access to it. - PTI