Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted today that no fee would be charged from Indian pilgrims on the opening day of the Kartarpur corridor on November 9. He also declared that Sikh pilgrims from India would not need a passport to travel to Kartarpur.
“For Sikhs reaching for pilgrimage to Kartarpur from India, I have declared two conditions: i) they won’t need a passport-just an original ID; ii)they no longer have to enroll 10 days in advance. Also, no payment to be debited on the day of initiation and Guruji’s 550th anniversary,” Imran Khan tweeted.
For Sikhs coming for pilgrimage to Kartarpur from India, I have waived off 2 requirements: i) they wont 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 day of inauguration & on Guruji's 550th birthday
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 1, 2019
The Kartarpur corridor connects the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan with the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the corridor in Gurdaspur on November 9 while Imran Khan will declare it open from the other end.
It is the place where the originator of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev is assumed to have spent the last 18 years of his life.
India has objected to a $20 service charge Pakistan intends to impose on Sikh pilgrims. Disagreement over the issue even led to a delay in launching online registration for pilgrims intending to visit the shrine.