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Passport mandatory to acquire permit to visiti Kartarput shrine

Pilgrims from India who intend to visit Darbar Sahib Gurudwara in Kartarpur, Pakistan through a
special corridor may require a passport along with the permit slip. The decision came forth during a
high-level meeting in New Delhi chaired by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba convened to discuss
how to fast-track the implementation of the Kartarpur corridor project.

Among those present at the meeting were Punjab Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, BSF DG RK
Misra and Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria. This is for the first time that Indian
High Commissioner to Pakistan was the part of this meeting.

While talking to, Karan Avtar Singh said that permit slip will be issued for the entry
but passport would be required to visit Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur. The Indian side has in this clarified
that passport would be mandatory to visit the shrine.

However, it may be mentioned that Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had written to
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on January 15, seeking passport waiver for the pilgrims who will
be visiting the historic Sri Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan during 550th birth anniversary
celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev. But a passport would be required for the entry as per the latest

Visit will be open from dawn to the dusk and pilgrims will have to return back the same day",
informed Singh.

Meanwhile, India to send a draft agreement for Kartarpur corridor to Pakistan within a month which
will facilitate easy passage to Sikh pilgrims to the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.
Land acquisition will end by March as it is already in second stage of progress said Singh.
Preliminary notification for land acquisition for the highway has already been issued and the
notification to acquire land for Integrated Check Post will be issued on Wednesday.
Pakistan delegation is expected to visit India on February 26 and March 7  to finalise modalities.

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