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Pakistan issues commemorative coin to mark Guru Nanak's 550th anniversary
 
Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday issued a Rs 50 commemorative coin to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh religion in November.

In a Facebook post, Prime Minister Imran Khan shared a picture of the coin.

"Pakistan issues commemorative coin to mark the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji," Khan said in the post.

The coin comes ahead of the inauguration of the landmark Kartarpur Corridor by Prime Minster Khan on November 9, three days before the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak.

The year 2019 marks the 550th birth anniversary year of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak, whose birthplace is Sri Nankana Sahib in Pakistan.

On Monday, Khan also laid the foundation stone of Baba Guru Nanak University in Nankana Sahib.

Evacuee Trust Property Board (EPTB) Chairman Dr Amir Ahmed told The Express Tribune that the Sikh pilgrims visiting Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib next month to celebrate the birth anniversary of their religious founder, will be able to buy the commemorative coin.

The postage stamps will also issued, which will be worth Rs 8 and could be used commonly, will have the image of Gurdwara Janam Asthan

Last November, both India and Pakistan agreed to set up the Kartarpur Corridor to link the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib - the final resting place of Guru Nanak - in Pakistani town of Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab's Gurdaspur district.

Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan's Narowal district across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.

India and Pakistan last week signed the agreement on the Kartarpur Corridor that will allow Indian pilgrims to undertake visa-free visit to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, the shrine of the Sikh religion's founder Guru Nanak in Pakistan, notwithstanding a chill in bilateral ties over Kashmir.

The agreement will allow 5,000 Indian pilgrims daily to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib where Guru Nanak spent last 18 years of his life.


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