Islamabad: Pakistan has determined to classify Sikh pilgrims, looking for to go to Darbar Sahib gurdwara in Kartarpur, into devotees from India and from the remainder of the world, a media report mentioned on Friday.
The Ministry of International Affairs has determined so as to add a non secular tourism class to the web visa system for the Sikh pilgrims, making use of to go to Kartarpur, the Daybreak newspaper reported.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided that two separate categories of visa applications will be entertained by the ministry; one would be for Sikh pilgrims of Indian origin living elsewhere in the world, while the other would be for Sikh pilgrims based in India,” the report mentioned.
An modification within the coverage to make room for the proposed steps will likely be sought by the international ministry from the Cupboard, it mentioned.
Nonetheless, all spiritual tourism visa requests for the Kartarpur pilgrimage will likely be processed inside seven to 10 working days, the report mentioned.
India and Pakistan on Wednesday agreed on visa-free journey by Indian pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib utilizing the proposed Kartarpur Hall however stopped wanting finalising an settlement on the cross-border route.
Earlier, the 2 sides had agreed that Pakistan will enable 5,000 Indian pilgrims to go to the gurdwara daily utilizing the deliberate hall, and the numbers might be extra on particular events.
However the two neighbours on Wednesday couldn’t finalise the draft settlement on the hall, with Pakistan insisting on charging a service payment from Indian pilgrims and never permitting protocol officers to accompany them.
Pakistan has advised a payment of USD 20 per pilgrim for visiting the gurdwara. India mentioned the quantity was not a problem, however on auspicious events, no payment is charged for visiting any gurdwara on the earth.
The proposed hall will join Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab, to mark the 550th delivery anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in November.