India and Pakistan have signed an agreement for the operationalization of the Kartarpur corridor, which will connect Sikh shrines on both sides of the border. Indian and Pakistani officials signed the agreement at Zero Point, the international border between the two countries. The main point of disagreement during the signing of the Kartapur corridor agreement was Pakistan`s insistence on collecting $20 per pilgrim per visit. India has repeatedly asked Pakistan not to collect fees from pilgrims. However, India approved the kartapur corridor agreement for the benefit of pilgrims and the timely opening of the sahib kartarpur corridor before the 550th Prakash Purab. While the agreement was signed, India again asked Pakistan to reconsider its insistence on collecting the fee. India is ready to amend the agreement accordingly. The signing of the agreement will remove a significant legal obstacle to the opening of the Cartarpur Way corridor. India says the two sides agree on all issues related to the kartarpur corridor, with the exception of a $20 service tax that Pakistan wants to impose on Sikh pilgrims.
Disagreement over the matter even led to a delay in online check-in for pilgrims who wanted to visit the shrine. New Delhi and Islamabad had previously set an October 23 date for the signing of the agreement, which aims to guarantee Indian pilgrims visa-free access to gurdwara Darbar Sahib across the four-kilometer-long border corridor. The first pilgrimage of its kind to the religious site is scheduled to take place on November 9. Mohammed Faisal, a senior official at Pakistan`s foreign ministry who signed the deal, told the media that Prime Minister Imran Khan would officially relax the corridor on November 9. On Thursday, representatives of the Indian and Pakistani governments met at the Narowal border and signed an agreement to connect “gurudwaras” or Sikh temples in India and Pakistan by road. India and Pakistan have signed an agreement allowing Indian pilgrims to visit one of the holiest shrines of Sikhism in Pakistan without a visa. “Indian pilgrims of all faiths and people of Indian origin can use the corridor of the kartare track. The trip is visa-free.
Pilgrims only have to have a valid passport,” cl Das, joint secretary (Internal Security), said after the agreement was signed. S.C.L Das, joint secretary at the Union`s Home Ministry, signed the pact with Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal at point zero Kartarpur along the border. India and Pakistan finally signed an agreement on Thursday for the operationalization of the kartarpur corridor that paves the way for Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the holy Darbar Sahib shrine in Pakistan. Pakistan has promised India to provide enough for langar (common kitchen) and for the distribution of prasad. From now on, India`s foreign ministry said it would abide by Pakistan`s demands, but would assiduously change the terms of the deal if Pakistan decided to relax its conditions. India today signed an agreement on the kartarpur corridor with Pakistan to allow Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit St. Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. . . .