Kartarpur pilgrimage: Pakistan PM Imran Khan waives off passport, advance application

Imran Khan at UNGA
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at UNGA

Chandigarh, Nov 1 Days ahead of the inauguration ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor, Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that devotees visiting Pakistan for the celebrations of the 550th “Prakash Purb” of Guru Nanak Dev are not required to carry passport for identification and prior registration for the visitors.

Also, it has exempted the Indian pilgrims from paying a $20 entry fee on the day of inauguration of the corridor and Guru Nanak Dev’s birthday visiting the Sikh holy shrine Pakistan’s Narowal district.

“For Sikhs coming for 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,” Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted.

“Also, no fee will be charged on day of inauguration & on Guruji’s 550th birthday,” he added.

A day earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh reviewed the progress of the arrangements at Dera Baba Nanak and Sultanpur Lodhi for the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor and the 550th Prakash Purb celebrations. He said all preparations were on track.

The Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, originally known as Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, is a highly revered Sikh shrine where Guru Nanak Dev spent 18 years of his life and is his final resting place.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Kartarpur Corridor on November 9 and dispatch the first lot of pilgrims to visit Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan’s Punjab province on the occasion of the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev.

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