Pakistan and India signed the Kartarpur Corridor agreement at Pakistan-India Narowal border on Thursday, paving the way for its inauguration next month ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism.
The signing ceremony took place at Kartarpur Zero Line.
Special Assistant to Pm Dr Firdos Ashiq Awan tweeted about the corridor and said that PM fulfiled his promise in just a time period of one year, this agreement showed our efforts to make peace and harmony between Islam and Sikhism.
وزیراعظم عمران خان کے ایک اور وعدے کی تکمیل، جس منصوبے کا سنگ بنیاد 28 نومبر 2018 کو رکھا آج ایک سال کے کم عرصہ میں پایہ تکمیل تک پہنچا دیا۔کرتار پور راہداری معاہدہ پاکستان کے بین المذاہب ہم آہنگی اور امن کے داعی ہونے کا عملی ثبوت ہے۔
— Firdous Ashiq Awan (@Dr_FirdousPTI) October 24, 2019
On any day up to 5,000 Sikh pilgrims from India will use the corridor, while on special occasions greater numbers would be accepted depending on capacity.
“The corridor will be open from dawn to dusk. Pilgrims travelling in the morning will have to return on the same day,” Dr Faisal said while addressing the media after the signing of the agreement.
“There will be a $20 per visitor per visit, as service charges. The corridor will be operational throughout the year,” Dr Faisal said, adding that the prime minister will inaugurate the corridor on November 9.
He added, India will send the list of pilgrims to Pakistan 10 days ahead of travel date, while pilgrims will be informed four days before the travel date.
Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Faisal, in his briefing, underlined that the real issue was to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, as per the Resolutions of UNSC and the will of the Kashmiri people. “Until and unless this issue is resolved, the peace and stability in South Asia will remain elusive,” he added.