Headlines November 9, 2019
Pakistan to charge Kartarpur pilgrims on inaugural day
Pakistan has changed its plan again about charging pilgrims for the opening day visit to the Darbar Sahib shrine in Kartarpur.
Earlier Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced that pilgrims will not have to pay any fee however, yesterday Pakistan said that it will charge an entry fee of $20 from pilgrims who are coming to Kartarpur on the opening day of the corridor today.
“ Pakistan is not clear on his stand and vision behind #KartarpurCorridor The goodwill gesture is getting lost because of so much confusion and ever changing statements from Pak Leaders; the latest being Pakistan will now charge $20 Fee on the Opening Day as well,” tweeted Manjinder S Sirsa Delhi MLA
The opening of the Kartarpur corridor today coincides with the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Pilgrims travelling through the corridor will require passports to get a permit for the visit although a visa is not required.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) Complex at the corridor in Gurdaspur in Punjab today and Imran Khan will inaugurate in Pakistan.
Kartarpur corridor will connect the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab with Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, located in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
Thousands of pilgrims are expected to visit the sacred shrine within the first few days of the opening of the Kartarpur corridor.
Earlier Home Minister Amit Shah had tweeted,” With opening of Kartarpur Sahib corridor, when we are marking Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 550th Parkash Purab, PM @narendramodi has realised the long-cherished dream of millions. On 9th, let’s witness history being created as PM @narendramodi dedicates this corridor to the nation.”
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