Pakistan sends recommendations on Kartarpur corridor to India; Lays out 14 conditions

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visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims
Pakistan sends recommendations on Kartarpur corridor to India; Lays out 14 conditions for using the corridor

Pakistan has sent a 59-page document of recommendation to India for facilitation of visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims through the Kartarpur corridor, according to a media report in Islamabad on Saturday, December 29, 2018.

Express News TV report quoted Pakistani diplomatic officials stating that the document issued by Islamabad contains 14 key recommendations to New Delhi entailing Indian Sikh pilgrims to be given free entry through the Kartarpur corridor.

visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims

The recommendation also calls for facilitation centres and security check-posts to be set up on both sides of the border. Sikh pilgrims shall be allowed in groups of a minimum of 15 people limiting the total visit to 500 pilgrims a day. Pakistan shall issue special permits to the pilgrims. The Indian government will be required to provide the names of pilgrims three days prior to the visit.

Moreover, according to recommendations, both India and Pakistan will maintain a record of the visitors visiting Kartarpur Saheb Gurudwara. The record will include the visitor’s name, travel history and other details. However, it will be mandatory for all visitors to be holders of standard Indian passports.

Furthermore, all visitors shall be required to obtain a clearance certificate from the government of India.

On November 28, on the Pakistan side, Prime Minister Imran Khan had laid the foundation stone for the corridor. On December 27, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh laid the foundation stone on the Indian side that will connect  Dera Baba Nanak situated in Indian Punjab’s Gurdaspur to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

Pakistan has stated that the corridor will be completed and opened before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, in November 2019.

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