Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Friday that as long as they have a valid identity, Sikh pilgrims who come from India to visit Kartarpur will no longer need a passport to travel to Pakistan. The Premier also announced in a tweet on Friday morning that he had ordered the condition for pilgrims to also be waived 10 days prior to their arrival at the Kartarpur shrine.
The Prime Minister also declared that no payment will be paid to the pilgrims who arrive on the opening day of the Kartarpur corridor and on the 550th birthday of Baba Guru Nanak. After tough negotiations between Islamabad and New Delhi, Pakistan and India had finally signed an agreement last month paving the way for the opening of this month’s Kartarpur corridor ahead of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th birthday.
The four-kilometer-long corridor, to be inaugurated on November 9, will provide a visa-free link between Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur and the Dera Baba Nanak Shrine in Indian Punjab. Up to 5,000 Indian Sikhs were permitted regular entry, with plans to double the capacity eventually.