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Meet to decide number of devotees visiting Pak

Meet to decide number of devotees visiting Pak

Varinder Singh

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 9

The number of devotees who will be allowed access on special occasions to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Narowal in Pakistan will be decided jointly by delegations of India and Pakistan at Wagah on July 14.

The two countries have already decided to establish a hotline between immigration and customs departments of both countries for smooth communication and for sorting out of immigration and customs related problems. The mandatory medical and emergency services to be provided in case of any such need will also be decided in the July 14 joint meeting, considered important from the corridor point of view.

Besides, the two countries will also mutually decide the date and time for corridor’s formal opening and also whether the opening will be held jointly or not.

In case, there was a decision to inaugurate the corridor jointly, it was likely that the two Prime Ministers, Narendra Modi and Imran Khan, will be representing their respective countries along with other dignitaries.

The meeting was important for minute details, including for how many days the corridor will remain open in a year and how many devotees will be allowed in the first go.

Some devotees were also likely to be extended visa exceptions, top sources said, adding that the limit of currency would also be finalised in the meeting. The delegations will also look into the online registration process and entry fee (in case it was charged by Pakistan) along with joint video surveillance possibilities.

Kartarpur corridor project

  • In November 2018, India and Pakistan agreed to set up a border crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district.
  • Kartarpur corridor is expected to provide visa-free access to Sikh pilgrims to the gurdwara in Kartarpur Sahib, a small town in Narowal, 4 km from the Indo-Pak border, where Guru Nanak spent the last 18 years of his life.
  • Pakistan will build the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur up to the border will be constructed by India. 

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