FO spokesman reveals clauses of Kartarpur corridor agreement
NANKANA SAHIB: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday revealed clauses of the agreement signed between Pakistan and India regarding Kartarpur corridor.
An agreement between Pakistan and India has been signed regarding Sikh yatrees’ travelling to and fro Kartarpur corridor. Dr Muhammad Faisal also planted a tree on this occasion as a gesture of peace between the neighbouring countries.
“When we had the first meeting on Kartarpur Sahib corridor agreement negotiations at Wagah I had recited this stanza ‘Ik Shajr Aesa Bhi Muhabbat ka Lagaya Jaye … Jiska Hamsaye key Aangan Mey Bhi Saya Jaye’ (One such a tree of love should be planted … which casts its shadow also in the neighbour’s courtyard),” he said on this occasion.
Reading the agreement, the spokesperson said Kartarpur corridor would remain open from morning till evening, seven days a week. Up to 5,000 Yatrees from India would be able to come in the morning and leave by the evening as there was limited capacity, he said.
“I have been told that it is the biggest gurdwara in the world,” he said.
“It will be visa-free travel. Only passport would be required, though it would not be stamped, for identification. India will share a list of yatrees 10 days prior to their arrival. Yatrees can come as they wish to whether they want to travel on foot or bus,” he added.
Twenty dollar service charges would definitely be charged which was very nominal in comparison to the facilities and maintenance being provided, he said.
The Frontier Works Organization completed the corridor project in about one year which was supposed to be completed in four to five years, the FO spokesperson said praising the efforts of the company.
On Nov 9, formal inaugural ceremony for Kartarpur Sahib corridor would take place and PM Imran Khan would inaugurate the corridor on this occasion, he said.
To a query, he said our position on Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir had not even slightly changed.