Kartarpur corridor: 500 pilgrims per day allowed

Dec 29, 2018 17:55 | Punjab

December 29, 2018: A special permit will be issued by the Pakistan Government to enable pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur.

The provision is part of the leaked copy of draft of Development Agreement proposing rules for the pilgrims entering Pakistan through proposed Kartarpur Corridor for which foundation stones were laid at its both ends in Pakistan and India on November 26 and 28, 2018.

There is no official confirmation yet either from India or Pakistan about the rules contained in the draft.

 As per the copy of the draft rules, only 500 pilgrims will be allowed daily to pay obeisance at the shrine associated with the first Sikh Guru Nanak Dev who had spent last 18 years of life at Kartarpur. The proposed timing of visit will be between 8 am and 5 pm.

The details of the proposed rules mentioned that entry to Pakistan through Kartarpur Corridor will not require visa but a special permit. A pilgrim’s passport will be mandatory to be eligible for issuance of permit.

It has also been proposed that the Indian authorities will have to inform their Pakistani counterparts 3 days in advance about the pilgrims crossing over through the Corridor. The permits will be issued only after this by the Pakistani side. This process will not affect other existing border security rules.