No need for pass­port for Sikh pil­grims vis­it­ing Kar­tarpur

FO says $20 ser­vice fee will also be waived on in­au­gu­ra­tion day on Nov 9 and birth­day of Guru Nanak on Nov 12

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ISLAMABAD: The For­eign Of­fice (FO) on Thurs­day for­mally clar­i­fied that it has waived the pass­port re­quire­ment for In­dian Sikh pil­grims sched­uled to cross over into Pak­istan on the eve of 550th birth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, to visit the Gur­d­wara Dar­bar Sahib in Kar­tarpur.

“The gov­ern­ment has waived [the re­quire­ment] for pil­grims to carry their pass­ports for the 550th birth cel­e­bra­tions,” For­eign Of­fice Spokesper­son Dr

Muham­mad Faisal said dur­ing his weekly press brief­ing, adding that the $20 ser­vice fee will also be waived on the day of in­au­gu­ra­tion (Nov 9) and the birth­day of Guru Nanak (Nov 12).

“The re­quire­ment to con­vey pil­grim in­for­ma­tion to the Pak­istan gov­ern­ment 10 days prior to en­try through the Cor­ri­dor has also been waived off.”

Dr Faisal said that the In­dian High Com­mis­sion in Islamabad and the gov­ern­ment have been in­formed of this.

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