October 24, 2019 at 5:26 pm
Chitral Times Report
ISLAMABAD: In line with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s commitment, Pakistan’s policy of promoting inter – faith harmony and Islamic traditions of respect for all religions, Pakistan and India signed the agreement for operationalisation of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. The agreement was signed by Dr. Mohammad Faisal, Director General (South Asia & SAARC), MOFA and Mr. S.C.L. Das, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Heads of the negotiating delegations of Pakistan and India respectively. The agreement will facilitate visa free travel of 5000 pilgrims daily (to be enhanced on special occasions, subject to capacity), in groups or individually, on foot or by bus to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Narowal, Pakistan, from dawn to dusk throughout the year, except on public holidays or for exigencies / emergencies, which will be notified to India in advance. Pilgrims will travel on valid Indian passport. Non resident Indians will also be required to carry their Indian origin card. Pakistan will charge USD 20/pilgrim/ visit as service charges. Government of India will share pilgrim lists, ten days in advance. Pakistan will share the final list of pilgrims, 4 days in advance. Advance exchange of pilgrim list will facilitate pilgrims allowing them to make plans in advance and providing sufficient time to both governments for processing. The signing of the agreement, despite the challenging environment is unprecedented and reflective of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s commitment towards facilitating Nanak Naamlevas to visit their most reverential place of worship in line with Pakistan’s Kartarpur initiative and groundbreaking ceremony last year. As promised, Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on 9th November 2019, well in time for the 550th anniversary celebrations.