Passport-free entry for Sikh pilgrims to Kartarpur under consideration says Pakistan’s Interior Minister

indiafaith    10-Feb-2020
Pakistan's National Assembly was informed that a proposal for allowing passport-free entry for Sikh pilgrims to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur was under consideration.
 

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During the question hour on Friday, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah said that at present, passport-free entry of Indian pilgrims to Kartarpur was not allowed as per a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two neighbouring countries, The Express Tribune reported.
 
To attract more Indian visitors, a proposal for entry without a passport, was under consideration.
 
According to media reports, Shah said, "As per the procedure, pilgrims can visit the corridor from dawn till dusk after producing Indian passport or overseas citizen of Indian-origin card along with the passport of the resident country."
 
"Visitors are strictly kept inside the Gurdwara complex by using turnstile gates to avoid their exit toward the Pakistani side. All the activities in and around the corridor are monitored through surveillance cameras," he said.
 
November 2019, the Kartarpur Corridor opened to connect the Indian border with Gurdwara Darbar Sahib. The Gurdwara located 4.7 Km inside Pakistan. Government of Pakistan allows Sikh pilgrims to visit there without a visa and return on the same day.
 
A Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev had established the first Sikh community in Kartarpur in 1504 on the banks of the River Ravi.