Ready to sign agreement, says India; asks Pak to rethink fee

Kartarpur Sahib Corridor is set to open on 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

New Delhi: India said it is ready to sign the agreement with Pakistan on Kartarpur Corridor on October 23 but said it is a “matter of disappointment” that the neighbouring country continues to insist on levying a service fee of USD 20 per pilgrim per visit to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib.

“While agreeing to sign the Agreement, the Government of Pakistan has been once again urged to reconsider its insistence to levy service fee on pilgrims. India would be ready to amend the Agreement accordingly at any time,” the Ministry of External Affairs said. “It is a matter of disappointment that while understanding has been reached on most of the elements for facilitating the visit of pilgrims from India, Pakistan continues to insist on levying a service fee of USD 20 per pilgrim per visit. Government has consistently urged Pakistan that in deference to the wishes of the pilgrims, it should not levy such a fee,” MEA said.

The government of India has taken the initiative to put in place the state of art infrastructure and open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on the auspicious occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

Shameful for Imran Khan

Chandigarh: Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal criticised Imran Khan’s government for charging a service fee of USD 20 from pilgrims. “The $20 fee each charged by Pak for #KartarpurSahib darshan is atrocious,” she wrote on Twitter. In a video shared with her social media post, Badal said that it is “highly shameful” for Pakistan PM Imran Khan.