Pak Sikh Leader Praises Govt’s Decision to Allow Double-Entry Visa to 10K Pilgrims
Pakistan’s Sikh leader has praised PM Imran Khan-led government’s decision to provide double visa facility to 10,000 pilgrims to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th birth anniversary. For the development of much-awaited Kartarpur corridor, the Pakistan government last week earmarked ₹100 crore in the federal budget 2019-20. Sardar Mahindar Pal Singh, Pakistan’s Provincial Parliamentary Secretary of Punjab said that the Kartarpur Corridor was the longstanding desire of the community globally for the last 70 years, especially from the side of India particularly in view of Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary would be observed on 6 November. Kartarpur corridor will connect Gurdwara Darbar Sahib (Pakistan’s Kartarpur), which was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev, with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district, India. The corridor will facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who would be obtaining a permit to visit the Kartarpur Sahib. Singh talked about the recent initiative by the government regarding the promotion of religious tourism especially online visas, visa facilitation, and visas on arrival. This initiative would benefit tens of thousands of Sikh pilgrims every year and promote interfaith harmony, added Singh.