Pakistan to Charge $20 Fee from Pilgrims on Opening Day of Kartarpur Corridor

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A day before the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor, Pakistan Government has informed India that a fee of $20 will be applicable on every pilgrim visiting Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib on Saturday. This comes after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on November 1, had waived off the fees for the pilgrims on the day of the inauguration and 550th birthday of Guru Nanak Dev (November 9 and November 12).

On Thursday, conflicting statements were issued by Pakistan Army’s spokesperson Major Gen. Asif Ghafoor. He said Indian pilgrims will need to carry their passports as valid-ID for visiting Kartarpur Sahib. Later, the Ministry of External Affairs issued a clarification on this matter and said Indian pilgrims will adhere to the guidelines mentioned in the MoU signed between India and Pakistan.

On November 1, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan stated,” For Sikhs coming for the pilgrimage to Kartarpur from India, I have waived off 2 requirements: i) they won’t need a passport – just a valid ID; ii) they no longer have to register 10 days in advance. Also, no fee will be charged on the day of inauguration & on Guruji’s 550th birthday.”

The corridor connects the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra will inaugurate the Kartarpur Corridor on November 9 in Gurdaspur while Imran Khan will declare it operational from the Pakistan side.

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