Kartarpur Corridor Agreement

Sidhu, himself a Sikh, said he was informed by Pakistan`s army chief, General Qamar Bajwa, that the country could soon open the corridor when he participated in Khan`s swearing-in ceremony in August 2018. This is a visa-free travel corridor, but a document from the electronic travel authority, known as ETA, is required, which can be obtained by registering an application on the Indian government`s website. [95] Even with a discount of USD 20 for all for two days, i.e. on November 9 and 12, the initial participation rate was low due to the complexity of the booking process and the fact that many Indian citizens do not have passports. [96] [97] Aam Aadmi Party,[98] BJP Indore MP Shankar Lalwani,[99] The former chairman of DSGMC[100] and SGPC have called on the Indian government to simplify the process. [101] The signing of the agreement will remove a significant legal obstacle to the opening of the kartare lane corridor. 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. In August 2018, Prime Minister Amarinder Singh unanimously adopted a resolution regarding india`s Vidhan Sabha Punjab corridor. [54] As a result, the Government of Indian Punjab decided to address the Prime Minister of India as part of the opening of the corridor. On October 30, 2018, a group of Sikh Americans asked the Indian prime minister for help in opening the corridor. [55] In November 2018, the Indian Cabinet approved the plan to create the corridor and called on Pakistan to do the same. Pakistani Foreign Minister S.M Qureshi responded with a tweet that Pakistan had already „informed India” that it would open a corridor. [10] [51] At that time, Sidhus` image of him hugging the Pakistani general was severely criticized in India.

However, when the announcement of the corridor passed, Sidhu claimed that it was the hug that made the rounds. The former cricketer is now a member of the Indian National Congress (INC). India today signed an agreement on the kartarpur corridor with Pakistan to allow Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit St. Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. Indian officials met with Pakistani officials at Zero Point near Dera Baba Nanak in the border town of Gurdaspur to sign the memorandum of understanding. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Prime Minister Imran Khan would inaugurate the project on November 9, three days before the 550. Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the end of India`s corridor on the same day, the IANS news agency quoted from Home Ministry sources.

The corridor ends a 125-kilometre journey that Indian Sikhs have had to make so far in Kartarpur. The temple, known as Kartarpur Sahib, is believed to be the place where the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, spent the last 18 years of his life. The temple was built on the spot where the guru died in 1539. The highway, known as the kartarpur corridor, takes its name from the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib, which is located in Pakistan and across the Ravi River. It is only 4.5 kilometers from the Indian border and close enough to be seen from India on a clear day. Regarding the issue of Pakistan`s remittance of $20 per pilgrim, the ministry said: „The main issue that has been a point of discussion is Pakistan`s insistence on levying $20 per pilgrim per visit. India has repeatedly asked Pakistan not to collect fees from pilgrims. It has been stressed many times, including at the previous three meetings at the level of joint secretaries and at the diplomatic level, that this is not related to the religious and spiritual feelings of Indian pilgrims. .

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