Kartarpur Corridor: Pakistan to issue 10,000 visas to Indian Sikh pilgrims


Lahore, Oct 12 On the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in November this year, Pakistan will issue 10,000 visas to Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit Kartarpur gurdwara, which is among the holiest sites for Sikhs. It is believed to be the final resting place of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru.

Kartarpur corridor, which connects Pakistan’s Sikh pilgrimage Kartarpur Sahib to Punjab’s Gurdaspur, will facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims who will just need a permit to visit the shrine.

The first batch of devotees will leave for Pakistan in the first week of November by a special train. The pilgrims will proceed to the Wagah railway station from the Atari railway station and then start their journey to the Nankana Sahib.

Sikhs will continue to visit Pakistan till November 8.

Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Committee chief Sardar Satwant Singh has invited Sikhs from across the world to join Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary celebrations.

A temporary accommodation would be ready by mid-October to house devotees from across the world.

The Customs and Immigration officials will set up additional counters at the Wagah border for pilgrims’ convenience.

However, on Friday, a Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman said the date for the inauguration has not been fixed.

“Work on the Kartarpur corridor will be completed on time as committed by Prime Minister Imran Khan. It will be inaugurated on time, but I can’t give any date for its opening as no date has been fixed so far,” Mohammad Faisal, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman said.

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