Ahead of Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary on November 12, all eyes are set on the Kartarpur Gurudwara, one of the holiest places of worship for the Sikhs. This is the place where the founder of Sikhism assembled the community and spent the last 18 years of his life. He was buried here after his demise in 1539. The shrine in Pakistan is barely 3 km from the border in Punjab and can be seen from India.
Pakistan laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur Corridor, a border project aimed at facilitating smooth movement of pilgrims from India, on November 28, 2018. With the completion of the first phase, it is set to be inaugurated by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on November 9, 2019. Over 2,000 pilgrims from India have arrived at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan’s Punjab province to mark Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary.
However, in the run-up to the inauguration, few messages are being circulated on Twitter Bogus claim of Pakistani flag has been put on the rooftop of the Gurudwara instead of the Khanda flag. The tweet attacks the Sikh community by asking “Where are the so-called Khalis now… Did they all become cowards? Or are Sikhs scared and converting to Islam?”
Fact Check: With the help of reverse image search of the pictures shared in the tweet, Newsmeter has found that though these pictures belong to the Kartarpur Corridor, they are not of the Gurudwara. The image is of the immigration centre set up to facilitate the Sikh pilgrims. Visitors from India will be scanned and checked at this facility before they enter Pakistan.
Here is a related story from Tribune:
Imran khan has tweeted the pictures of Kartarpur Gurudwara on November 3, 2019. In this tweet, the actual picture of the Gurudwara can be seen.
Kartarpur ready to welcome Sikh pilgrims. pic.twitter.com/P0uEQgWyMs
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 3, 2019
Here are some other stories from Indian Media where the picture of Kartarpur Gurudwara has been published.
It’s clear that the tweet mentioning that there is a Pakistani flag on the rooftop of Kartarpur Gurudwara is completely FALSE. It is a picture of an immigration centre in the Corridor.
Claim: Bogus claim of Pakistani flag has been put up on the rooftop of Kartarpur Gurudwara.
Claim on: Twitter