TAXILA: As many as 97 Sikh pilgrims from Canada and 80 from Australia arrived at Gurdwara Punja Sahib Hassanabdal on Friday. They are visiting Pakistan to attend the opening of Kartarpur Corridor on the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak on Nov 12. Officials from the Evacuee Trust Property Board welcomed the Sikh yatrees. Sardar Honey Singh, the contingent leader from Australia, appreciated the efforts of the government, saying it had won the hearts of the entire Sikh community by opening Kartarpur Corridor. Another pilgrim, Gurneet Kaur, said 24 million Sikhs in India had waited for 70 years for consensus on the Kartarpur border crossing. In June this year, Sikh businessmen living in the UK had announced to donate £500 million to refurbish and restore their religious places and temples in Pakistan. “It may seem to be just a piece of land but for us it is a pious place where our god was born,” said a senior Hindu leader affiliated with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party. “We hope the court rules in favour of the Hindus,” said the leader, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue. Whichever way it goes, the court decision is likely to have a significant impact on fraught relations between India’s Hindus and Muslims, who constitute 14 per cent of its 1.3 billion people.