Today, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted that it will charge no fee from Indian pilgrims on November 9, the opening day of the Kartarpur corridor. He also declared that Sikh pilgrims from India would not need a passport to travel to Kartarpur.
Imran Khan tweeted, “For Sikhs coming for pilgrimage to Kartarpur from India, I have waived off two requirements: i) they won’t need a passport-just a valid ID; ii)they no longer have to register 10 days in advance. Also, no fee to be charged on day of inauguration and on Guruji’s 550th birthday.”
The Kartarpur corridor connects the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan with the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur. On November 9, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the corridor in Gurdaspur while the Pakistan Prime Minister will declare it open from the other end.
The corridor will connect Punjab’s Dera Baba Nanak shrine with Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur which located about four km from the International Border at Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. It is believed Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism has spent the last 18 years of his life.
India has objected to a $20 service charge Pakistan intends to impose on Sikh pilgrims. Differences regarding the issue even led to a delay in launching online registration for pilgrims intending to visit the shrine.