ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Wednesday said the Sikh yatrees coming from India through Kartarpur Sahib corridor would be charged 20 dollar service fees.
“As per the understanding between the neighbouring countries so far, the yatrees coming from India would arrive in the morning and leave by the evening and they would be charged 20 dollar service fees per person,” Dr Muhammad Faisal said while addressing his weekly press briefing at the Foreign Office in Islamabad.
He said an agreement between Pakistan and India on Kartarpur Sahib corridor was most likely to be signed on Friday, and once the agreement was made its text would be shared with media.
The FO spokesperson said the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had been asked to share details including longitude and latitude of the alleged location of their army’s target to back the Indian allegations. (But) No response was received from India, he maintained.
The Foreign Office said Pakistan did not harbor any aggressive designs, but our armed forces and people remained ready to defend the country against any acts of aggression.
“We have also noticed that the anti-Pakistan tirade of the BJP leadership has continued as the electoral process in the Indian state of Haryana and Maharashtra advances. In successive election rallies in recent days, Pakistan has been invoked repeatedly,” Faisal said.
He said statements had been made regurgitating baseless allegations of Pakistan’s support to terrorism and drug smuggling. Threatening to stem the flow of river water to Pakistan and taking credit for Pakistan’s historic decision to open Kartarpur Sahib corridor were other ridiculous acts by India, he said. “We categorically reject these allegations and threats as well as distortion of history and facts.”
To a query, the spokesman said the next round of Afghan peace process was going to be held in Moscow. Pakistan would continues its effort with whole-hearted support and play its part of shared responsibility for making the international peace effort successful, he said.
To another query, he said Pakistan had reiterated its stance that the protests in Hong Kong was China’s internal affair.