The shrine of Sikh leader Guru Nanak in Kartarpur, Pakistan. Kartarpur Sahib was established in 1522
Agencies, New Delhi/Islamabad: The government of Pakistan is said to be considering a proposal for allowing Indian pilgrims to enter the Kartarpur corridor without passport. This is being done in a bid to attract more visitors to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah informed the country’s Parliament.
In November 2019, India and Pakistan had separately inaugurated the historic corridor on their respective sides of the border.
During Question Hour in Pakistan’s National Assembly on Friday, the interior minister said that currently, passport-free entry of the Indian pilgrims to Kartarpur is not allowed as per a Memorandum of Understanding inked between both countries.
The minister, however, added that a proposal for allowing the entry of pilgrims without a passport was under consideration for which the Foreign Affairs Ministry may be asked to furnish its detailed input.
The Kartarpur corridor allows Sikh pilgrims to travel to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib without a visa and return to India on the same day while the movement of visitors is regulated through a combination of physical and electronic security systems by the Pakistan Rangers and other law-enforcement agencies.
Visitors are strictly kept inside the Gurdwara complex by using turnstile gates to avoid their exit toward the Pakistani side. All the activities in and around the corridor are monitored through an array of surveillance cameras.