India-Pakistan: First pilgrims make new border crossing to Sikh temple
23 November 2019 | 7:58 pm
The first Indian Sikh pilgrims have passed through the new Kartarpur border crossing between India and Pakistan. The secure visa-free corridor marks a rare moment of cooperation between the neighbors.
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