Pakistan agrees for visa-free year-long travel to Kartarpur Sahib

Pakistan agrees for visa-free year-long travel to Kartarpur Sahib

Pakistan on Sunday agreed in-principle to allow visa-free,year-long travel for Indian passport holders and OCI card holders to theKartarpur Sahib Gurdwara.

Everyday, 5,000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit theGurdwara on foot, both as individuals or in groups, Home Ministry's JointSecretary (Internal Security) S.C.L. Das told reporters here after the secondJoint Secretary-level bilateral meeting at Wagah, across the internationalborder in Pakistan.

Pakistan highlighted the infrastructural constraints ontheir side and conveyed that they may be able to accommodate many of the Indianproposals in a phased manner, he said.

Indian raised the demand of allowing 10,000 additionalpilgrims to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara on special occasions.

The Kartarpur shrine in Pakistan's Narowal district acrossthe Ravi is where Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, spent his final days,and is highly revered by the Sikh community. It is about 4 km from the DeraBaba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur.

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