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Pakistan opens immigration centre on Kartarpur border

Sikh pilgrims with visas will be allowed to enter the city while those with permits will get access to only Gurudwara Darbar Sahib

By PTI in Lahore
  • Published 3.12.18, 4:42 PM
  • Updated 3.12.18, 4:42 PM
  • a min read
Guru Nanak Dev's final resting place in Pakistan's Kartarpur. PTI

Pakistan has established an immigration centre on the Kartarpur border following the ground-breaking of the landmark corridor for Sikh pilgrims.

The corridor will connect Guru Nanak Dev's final resting place in Pakistan's Kartarpur to the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab's Gurdaspur district in India, fulfilling a long-pending demand of the Sikh community.

Since the border crossing could be an easy target for "terrorists, human traffickers and drug dealers", a strong mechanism is required to keep the situation under control on both sides of the border, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) deputy director (Punjab) Mufakhar Adeel said.

"The FIA has set up an immigration office at Kartarpur border in Narowal (some 120 km from Lahore) in connection with the opening of Kartarpur corridor," Adeel told Dawn news.

"The FIA officers will play the role of boarding officers and check the documents of Sikh pilgrims and identify them through biometric technology. Sikh pilgrims having visas will be allowed to enter the city while those with permits will be given access to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib only," he said.

On November 28, Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor. Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh laid the foundation stone for the Kartarpur Sahib corridor in Gurdaspur on November 26.

Imran said that his government and the army wanted a "civilised relationship" with India, declaring that Islamabad would move two steps forward if New Delhi took one step.

Imran cited the examples of France and Germany, which had fought many wars but eventually came closer for the welfare of their people.

Pakistan promised to keep improving the Kartarpur corridor and provide maximum facilities to pilgrims when they visit in November, 2019, to celebrate Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary.

The corridor is expected to be complete in six months. 

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