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“Kartarpur pilgrims won’t need passports,” announces Pak PM Imran Khan

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"Kartarpur pilgrims won’t need passports," announces Pak PM Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced that Indian pilgrims going to Darbar Sahib gurdwara at Kartarpur would not need a passport to travel to Pakistan and no fee would be charged from them on the opening day of the corridor on November 9.

Taking to the Twitter, Imran Khan said that Indian pilgrims will no longer be required to bring their passport and only a valid ID will be needed for entering Pakistan for Kartarpur pilgrimage.

Second, the visiting Sikhs will no longer need to register ten days in advance, Imran Khan said in a tweet.

He also said that no fee will be charged on the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor on November 9 and on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th birth anniversary on November 12.

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

This year marks the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak and on this occasion India and Pakistan have signed an agreement to construct the Kartarpur corridor. It is meant to facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims.

The agreement will allow 5,000 Indian pilgrims daily to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib where Guru Nanak spent last 18 years of his life. Each visitor would be required to pay USD 20 as fee, though India has requested Pakistan not to charge the Indian pilgrims.

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