ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has waived off two requirements for Sikhs coming for pilgrimage to Kartarpur from India.
“The Sikhs from India would not need a passport now but just a valid identity card. They no longer have to register ten days in advance,” he said in a tweet.
The prime minister said no fee will be charged from them on the day of inauguration of Kartarpur corridor and Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 550th birthday.
On Oct 24, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal had 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 had 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 Border 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 had said.
Reading the agreement, the spokesperson had 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 had said.
“I have been told that it is the biggest gurdwara in the world,” he had said.
“It will be visa-free travel. Only passport would be required, though it would not be stamped, for identification,” he had added.