Mumbai: As the stage is set for a huge event at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, in Kartarpur Corridor, it has been reported that India is yet to receive a confirmation from Pakistan on a list of prominent Sikh leaders and other dignitaries who are part of the inaugural ‘jatha’ visiting Gurudwara Darbar Sahib through the Kartarpur corridor on November 9,
ANI news agency quoted its sources saying that Pakistan has not yet allowed any team from India to visit Kartarpur Sahib in advance to confirm the arrangements made for the inaugural jatha.
Furthermore, the country has unilaterally decided on the schedule and timing of pilgrims and without taking India’s input into the matter.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ravish Kumar said last week that India had shared a list of people visiting the gurdwara with Pakistan to search for visas for them.
“Pakistan tries to facilitate the Sikh pilgrimage, and we have not heard from them. In fact, we hear that visas will not be granted. We think it is disrespectful to the sentiments of Sikh pilgrims. Is, in particular. On the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, “Kumar said.
Sources said that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s tweet said that no passport would be required to undertake the pilgrimage, causing confusion among the pilgrims that they had to enter into a memorandum of understanding ( MoU) documents must be signed. Passport carrying requirement. Also, in the light of Khan’s tweet, there has been no offer from Pakistan to amend the MoU.
Important information such as medical facilities and security arrangements available to pilgrims have also not yet been shared with India.
India has firmly committed to realizing the Kartarpur corridor in time keeping in mind the sentiments of the pilgrims. The construction work on India’s side is completed on time, and New Delhi agreed to move forward on the MoU despite Pakistan’s insistence on imposing USD 20 service fee for the pilgrims.
Sources said that Pakistan’s refusal to fully cooperate with India in the case is against the spirit of pilgrimage.
India and Pakistan signed an agreement on the modalities of operation of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on October 24, paving the way for its inauguration before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
(With ANI Inputs)