At a time, When Tensions Are High Between Pakistan and India, Pakistan Yet again, Provided Pathway for the Better Relationships with the Neighbors. Depiction of True Positive Image of Pakistan under the Leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan is Commendable. Sikh Pilgrims Allowed Visa-Free Access as Kartarpur Corridor Agreement Signed between Pakistan and India.
Importance of Kartarpur Corridor
The Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is one of the Holiest Places in Sikhism. It is Built in the Narowal District of Pakistan. Baba Guru Nanak Spent more than 18 Years there and Died in 1539. So, The Kartarpur Corridor is a religious passage that Connects Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district.
The Temple is located around 4km from the border with India. The Shattered Bilateral Ties in both the Countries have Made it Difficult for Sikh Pilgrims to Reach Kartarpur. Many Pilgrims had to View it through Binoculars from India. The “Kartarpur Corridor” will, however, lead pilgrims from the Indian border straight to the Gurdwara, with the sides Fenced Off.
Sikh Pilgrims Allowed Visa-Free Access as Kartarpur Corridor Agreement Signed
It is very rare to see both the Countries Coming on to the Table for Bilateral Agreements. However, the Historic Signing Ceremony took place at the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, Zero Point, International Border, Baba Nanak. Spokesperson to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Faisal Signedthe Deal from Pakistan. While the Joint Secretary for Home Affairs S.C.L. Das Represented India in the Inking Ceremony.
As per the Agreement, Indian Sikh Pilgrims will be Allowed Visa-Free Access to Pakistan.
Mohammad Faisal Described this Agreement as “Very Difficult and Tough Negotiations”. In a tweet, Muhammad Faisal also shared the full text of the Kartarpur Corridor agreement signed between Pakistan and India.
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) October 24, 2019
Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the Corridor on 9th November for the 550th-Anniversary Celebrations of the Founder of Sikhism Baba Guru Nanak Sahib. “Pakistan is all set to open its doors to Sikhs from all across the globe,” the PM wrote. “The world’s largest Gurdwara will be visited by Sikhs from across India and other parts of the world,” he said.
Important Points of the Agreement
- The Indian Government Will Inform Pakistani Authorities about the List of Sikh Pilgrims Ten Days in Advance and Pilgrims will be notified through Mail Four Days Ahead of Travel.
- Travel will be visa-free and the Pilgrims will have a choice to Visit Individually or in Groups, and also to travel on foot.
- 5000 Sikh Pilgrims will be able to visit the Gurdwara on Daily Basis.
- Pilgrims need to carry only a valid passport and Persons of Indian Origin need to carry Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card along with the passport of their country.
- The Corridor will be open from Dawn to Dusk and the Pilgrims Traveling in the Morning will have to return on the Same Day. The Corridor will be operational throughout the year, except on notified days, which will be informed in advance.
- 20$ as Service Charge per Pilgrim per Visit.
- Children below 13 years and Elderly Persons of about 75 years and above should be kept in the Group.
- Eco-friendly Material, Preferably Cloth Bags should be Used & Surroundings Should be kept Clean.
- The maximum Currency is 11000/ INR.
- Only one baggage up to 7kg Weight Including Drinking Water may be Carried.
- Do not Carry any item mentioned in the Negative List
- Smoking, drinking, and use of Tobacco is not Allowed Inside Passenger Terminal Building(PTB) Complex
- Do not touch any unattended article. Inform about Anything Suspicious to the Authorities.
- Playing loud music and photographing others without permission may not be done.