Visa-free, year-long travel for Indian Passport Holders to Pakistan’s Kartarpur Sahib

Kartarpur-corridor-848x500Wagah (Pakistan): Pakistan has agreed in principle to permit visa-free, year-long travel for Indian passport holders and OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) cardholders to the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara.

Every day, 5,000 pilgrims will be permitted to visit the Gurdwara on foot, both as individuals or in groups, Home Ministry’s Joint Secretary (Internal Security) S.C.L. Das told reporters here after the second Joint Secretary-level bilateral meeting at Wagah, across the international border in Pakistan.

No anti-India activity will be allowed, assures Pakistan

In the second round of talks between India and Pakistan delegations on Kartarpur Corridor, Islamabad assured that ‘no anti-India’ activity would be allowed.

“Pakistan side assured our delegation that no anti-India activity would be allowed,” an MEA statement said giving details of the parleys held between officials of two sides on the modalities for operationalisation of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at Wagah.

“The importance of ensuring a safe and secure environment for the pilgrims was underscored. In this context, concerns regarding individuals or organisations based in Pakistan who may try to disrupt the pilgrimage and misuse the opportunity to play with the sentiments of the pilgrims were shared,” the statement said.

Pakistan highlights infrastructural limitations

Pakistan highlighted the infrastructural limitations on their side and said that they may be able to accommodate many of the Indian proposals in a phased manner, he said.

Indian raised the demand for allowing 10,000 additional pilgrims to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara on special occasions.

The Kartarpur shrine in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the Ravi is where Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, spent his final days and is highly revered by the Sikh community. It is about 4 km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur.

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