Kartarpur Corridor has been in the limelight for quite some time now. It is a matter of concern between both India and Pakistan. The corridor is scheduled to open on November 9, 2019.
Why again in controversy?
The corridor links the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. It is the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev. Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan had already announced that the Indian Sikh pilgrims would only require a valid ID. But now the Pakistan Army is saying that Indian devotees using the Kartarpur Corridor will need to produce a passport.
Pakistan Army spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor comments in Pakistani media:
“As we have a secure link, the entry would be a legal one under a permit on a passport-based identity. There will be no compromise on security or sovereignty.”
Importance Of Kartarpur Corridor
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 has been taken between the two countries after the abolition of special state status in Jammu and Kashmir.
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. The inauguration date is finalized for November 9 and it will be done by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
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.
Visa Required Or Not?
A passport is a must for devotees from India visiting Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara. However, a visa will not be required. But the visitors need to get themselves registered online at least a month ahead of their visit.
A $20 service charge will be levied by Pakistan from each visitor on passage through the Kartarpur corridor. Pilgrims are being given passports on the top priority. Special arrangements have also been made for people who don’t have a passport.
A Step Towards Good Relations
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.
The 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. It was first proposed in 1999.
India and Pakistan have always been on odd terms with each other. The relation between the two countries became even worse after the abrogation of Article 370. But now it looks like they have taken their first step towards a good relationship.
It will be great if both countries maintain respect for each other and live peacefully.