Taking India by a surprise (in a positive way) Pakistan is planning to exempt passport for Kartarpur visitors. Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ijaz Shah told Pakistan’s parliament about this on Friday.
Ijaz said that the government is considering allowing Indian pilgrims to the Kartarpur corridor without a passport. This is done in order to attract more visitors to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib. The corridor which opened last year in November has been in news due to Pakistan’s levy of high fee and passport issue.
At present passport-free entry is not allowed due to a memorandum of understanding signed between Pakistan and India. Pakistan is considering a change in that. Officials from the Indian government, however, are unaware of the move. India has not received any proposal from Pakistan in this regard yet.
Both Pakistan and India had separately inaugurated the historic corridor on their sides of the border last year. The corridor provides the shortest route for pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur. The Gurudwara is one of the holiest places for Sikhism followers. The founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev Ji spent the last years of his life in Gurudwara.
Inputs Yahoo News