Patiala, October 21
Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal slammed Pakistan for charging a ‘service fee’ of $20 from pilgrims visiting the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara through the highly anticipated Kartarpur corridor.
In a video shared on her social media handle, Badal said that it is “highly shameful” for Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to think that the proposed service fee will boost the economy and questioned how he expected a poor pilgrim to pay the amount. Pakistani government had earlier said that it would charge a service fee of Rs 1420 from all the devotees who would want to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara.
“How will a poor devotee pay this amount? Pakistan has made a business out of faith. Imran Khan’s statement that this fee will boost economy and is highly shameful,” she said. “The $20 fee charged by Pak for Kartarpur Sahib darshan is atrocious,” the minister further wrote on Twitter. She also accused the neighbouring country of making business out of faith.
Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district up to the border will be constructed by India.