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Pak asked to clarify on passport

Pak asked to clarify on passport

New Delhi, November 6

Taking note of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s tweet suggesting that passport would not be required for Kartarpur visit, the government today said it had asked the neighbouring country to clarify on the issue since the document was required according to the MoU signed in that regard.

Sources said the agreement would have to be amended in case of any change in its terms. “Our security agencies will be careful. Pakistan’s larger aim is to encourage separatism,” said a source. “Pakistan is yet to respond to India’s request to allow visit of advance teams to see arrangements for dignitaries and convey the requirements, if any,” another source said.

The corridor would connect Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Punjab with Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, around 4 km from the International Border.

Notwithstanding a chill in bilateral ties over Kashmir, Pakistan and India, after tough negotiations, signed a landmark agreement in October to put in operation the Kartarpur Corridor to allow pilgrims to visit Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.

The two countries have decided that 5,000 pilgrims can visit the shrine everyday and that additional pilgrims will be allowed on special occasions, subject to capacity expansion of facilities on the Pakistan side.

India and Pakistan have also decided that the corridor will be operational seven days a week through the year and the pilgrims, except the elderly and kids, will have a choice to visit it as individuals or in groups.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted: “Kartarpur Sahib Corridor is a historic achievement that generations of devotees will remember. It will find special mention in the annals of history. It reflects Modi government’s commitment towards preserving our rich heritage & universalising the teachings of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji.” — TNS

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