Published: Sat, November 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Narendra Modi to inaugurate Kartarpur corridor checkpost on November 9

Narendra Modi to inaugurate Kartarpur corridor checkpost on November 9

Pakistan has conveyed to India that people travelling through the Kartarpur corridor on Saturday will also have to pay the United States dollars 20 fee, sources said Friday.

The spokesman rejected the propaganda linking Pakistan's efforts on Kartarpur Corridor to encouraging Khalistan movement, saying, "there is no such negativity in our policy".

Hundreds of Indian Sikhs prepared to make a historic pilgrimage to Pakistan on Saturday, crossing to one of their religion's holiest sites under a landmark deal between the two countries separated by the 1947 partition of the subcontinent.

Located at 4.5 kilometres from the global border in Pakistan's Narowal District, Gurdwara Darbar Sahib is the place where Guru Nanak, lived the final 18 years of his life, dying in 1539. "It is pertinent to mention that this is the same sacred well from where Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji used to get water to irrigate his fields".

The first batch comprising 500 pilgrims will include several dignitaries including former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Amarinder Singh and former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

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According to India Today, the former minister had repeatedly sent reminders but MEA has failed to revert back or to cater his request to attend the Kartarpur Corridor inauguration which is scheduled on November'9.

Modi will inaugurate the state-of-the-art Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) Complex at Kartarpur Corridor in Dera Baba Nanak of Punjab's Gurdaspur district on Saturday.

India and Pakistan had on 24 October signed an agreement on the modalities for operationalising the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, paving way for its inauguration ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of the Sikh Guru.

The agreement will allow 5,000 Indian pilgrims daily to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib where Guru Nanak spent last 18 years of his life. The travel will be visa-free and pilgrims need to carry only a valid passport.

The Foreign Office on Thursday regretted that the Indian government had decided against availing "concessions" announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan for Sikh pilgrims visiting Kartarpur Gurdwara on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Baba Guru Nanak.

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