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Indian Sikh Pilgrims Will Require Passport To Visit Kartarpur: Pak Army

Islamabad: Indian Sikh pilgrims visiting the Kartarpur Sahib will want a passport to make use of the Kartarpur Hall, which might be inaugurated this week, the Pakistan Military has stated, in accordance with a media report on Thursday, days after Prime Minister Imran Khan introduced that Indian devotees would solely want a sound ID to go to the revered Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.

The feedback by Pakistan Military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor got here a day after India requested Pakistan to make clear whether or not passport might be required by the Sikh pilgrims to go to the Gurdwara in Kartarpur.

The Kartarpur Hall, which gives a visa-free entry to Indian Sikhs to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, might be inaugurated on Saturday by Prime Minister Imran Khan to mark Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th beginning anniversary.

Maj Gen Ghafoor on Wednesday stated that Indian Sikh pilgrims would require a passport to make use of Kartarpur Hall, Daybreak Information quoted Hum Information channel as saying.

“As we have a security link, the entry would be a legal one under a permit on a passport-based identity. There will be no compromise on security or sovereignty,” Ghafoor stated.

On Wednesday, India requested Pakistan to make clear whether or not passport might be required to go to the Kartarpur Sahib.

On November 1, Prime Minister Khan, whereas saying the completion of Kartarpur Hall on Twitter, stated he had waived two necessities referring to passport and registering 10 days prematurely for Sikhs coming for pilgrimage to Kartarpur from India.

He stated that Sikh pilgrims from India would solely want a sound ID and never a passport to journey to Kartarpur. The service price of USD 20 for these coming for the inaugural ceremony and on the 550th beginning anniversary of the Sikh Guru on November 12 was additionally abolished.

The yr 2019 marks the 550th beginning anniversary yr of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, whose birthplace is Sri Nankana Sahib in Pakistan. The hall has been established to commemorate his beginning anniversary.

The Kartarpur Hall will join the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Punjab with Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur, simply four kilometres from the Worldwide Border, positioned at Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province.

However a chill in bilateral ties over Kashmir, Pakistan and India after powerful negotiations signed a landmark settlement final week to operationalise the historic Kartarpur Hall to permit Indian Sikh pilgrims to go to the holy Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.

The 2 nations determined that 5,000 pilgrims can go to the shrine every day. India and Pakistan have additionally determined that the hall might be operational by means of the yr and 7 days every week and that pilgrims, besides youngsters and aged individuals, can have a selection to go to it as people or in teams.

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