Indian Sikh pilgrims will require passport to visit Kartarpur, says Pak Army spokesperson
Islamabad | Jagran News Desk: Indian Sikh pilgrims visiting the Kartarpur Sahib will need a passport to use the Kartarpur Corridor, Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor, quoted by a media report, said on Thursday.
The development comes a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Indian devotees would only need a valid ID to visit the revered Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.
Ghafoor on Wednesday said that Indian Sikh pilgrims would require a passport to use Kartarpur Corridor, Hum News channel quoted him as saying.
"As we have a security link, the entry would be a legal one under a permit on a passport-based identity. There will be no compromise on security or sovereignty," Ghafoor said.
The Kartarpur Corridor -- will provide visa-free access to Indian Sikhs to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib -- will be inaugurated on Saturday by Khan to mark Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev's 550th birth anniversary.
Meanwhile, India on Wednesday had asked Pakistan to clarify whether passport will be required to visit the Kartarpur Sahib.
Earlier this week, Khan had said that he had waived two requirements relating to passport and registering 10 days in advance for Sikhs coming for the pilgrimage to Kartarpur from India. He said this while announcing the completion of Kartarpur Corridor on Twitter.
He had also said that Sikh pilgrims from India would only need a valid ID and not a passport to travel to Kartarpur. The service fee of USD 20 for those coming for the inaugural ceremony and on the 550th birth anniversary of the Sikh Guru on November 12 was also abolished.
The Kartarpur Corridor, which will connect the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India's Punjab with Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur, has been established to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev. It is just four kilometres from the International Border, located at Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province.
According to the agreement between the two countries, 5,000 pilgrims can visit the shrine daily. The two countries have also decided that the corridor will be operational through the year and seven days a week and that pilgrims, except kids and elderly persons, will have a choice to visit it as individuals or in groups.
(With PTI inputs)
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