India, Pakistan ink agreement to operationalise Kartarpur corridor

India and Pakistan signed an agreement on the Kartarpur corridor today that would allow Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the holy Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.

Officials from both the nations met at Zero Point to ink the memorandum of understanding, this now paves the way for the opening of the corridor.

The Kartarpur corridor would will connect the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab with Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, just about four km from the International Border, located at Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. It is the place where the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev is believed to have spent the last 18 years of his life.

The agreement ensures  visa-free travel for Indian pilgrims to the holy shrine through a four kilometer corridor. The first pilgrimage is expected to be undertaken on November 9.

At least 5,000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit the holy site every day. They would leave in the morning and return in the evening after visiting Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.

Pakistan has imposed a charge of $20 service charge for every Indian visitor visiting the holy shrine through the corridor. This would help Pakistan collect Rs. 21 crore each month.

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