Kartarpur Sahib corridor becomes the first route from where there would be no need to get a visa to go to Pakistan. A mutual decision have been taken between the two countries after the abolition of special state status in Jammu and Kashmir.
During a joint secretary-level meeting, it was decided that Indian Pilgrims would no longer need a visa to visit Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib.
The joint secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs told that 5000 devotees will be allowed to enter Pakistan through the corridor every day. This corridor will be open for seven days a year and devotees will be able to visit the Gurudwara whenever they want. Just a permit is required.
Devotees of Indian origin with foreign citizenship will also be able to visit the gurudwara without the visa. The differences between the two countries are still there. Even regarding the draft the two countries are on a conflict of an argument, but a meeting could be held for resolving this.
Pakistan wanted to collect service charges from the pilgrims. However, this was opposed by India. At the same time, Pakistan refused to provide counselor and protocol facility to India.
Corridor Work Completed
Leading the delegation, Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson and Director General of SAARC Mohammed Faisal said that on the Wagah border that 90 per cent of the work of the corridor has been completed before attending the meeting.
Gurudwara will open in November on 550th Prakashotsav
The Kartarpur corridor will be launched on the occasion of the 550th Prakashotsav of Sikh Guru Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Indian devotees will visit Kartarpur Sahib on this occasion.
First Visa-free Gateway in 73 Years
Kartarpur corridor is the first route from where there will be no need to get a visa to go to Pakistan in 73 years. The two states took the initiative to construct a corridor to connect Gurudwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur.
Kartarpur Corridor is a border between the neighboring nation of India and Pakistan. It connects the sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib and Gurudwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur. The Kartarpur Corridor was first proposed in 1999.
Currently, the corridor is under planning to allow religious devotees from India to visit the Gurudwara in Kartarpur.