Mumbai: In a recent development, Pakistan has waived entry fees only two days, for Indian pilgrims traveling to Kartarpur Gurdwara to commemorate 550 birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
In a tweet, Khan said he has waived two requirements for Indian pilgrims visiting Kartarpur—they won’t need a passport just a valid ID and no advance booking is required.
“For Sikhs coming for a pilgrimage to Kartarpur from India, I have waived 2 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 will be charged on the day of inauguration & on Guruji’s 550th birthday,” Khan tweeted.
For Sikhs coming for pilgrimage to Kartarpur from India, I have waived off 2 requirements: i) they wont need a passport – just a valid ID; ii) they no longer have to register 10 days in advance. Also, no fee will be charged on day of inauguration & on Guruji's 550th birthday
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 1, 2019
This comes after India repeatedly condemned the USD 20 service charge proposed by Pakistan on Indian pilgrims traveling to Kartarpur Gurdwara.
Notably, Pakistan did not agree to India’s demand to make the Kartapur Gurdwara’s visit, free of charge.
Following the low-key ceremony to sign the agreement, New Delhi had expressed disappointment on Pakistan’s refusal to waive USD 20 service charge on Indians visiting Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara and urged Islamabad to reconsider its decision given the “religious and spiritual sentiments” of the pilgrims.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the agreement, which creates a formal framework for operating the corridor, said that Indian pilgrims of all faiths and people of Indian origin can use the corridor. The journey will be visa-free and pilgrims are only required to carry a valid passport. Persons of Indian origin will have to carry an OCI card with their country’s passport.
The foundation stone of the Kartarpur Corridor was laid on the Indian side on November 26, 2018. The foundation stone was laid two days later by Pakistan.