Sukhbir urges Imran to waive off passport for Kartarpur Corridor
Chandigarh, November 20
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal has asked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to waive off the requirement of passport identification to access the Kartarpur corridor. He also asked Khan to do away with the $20 service fee being levied on the pilgrims.
Sukhbir has stated that though the Pakistan PM had announced that passport would not be needed to access the Kartarpur corridor by Indian pilgrims and that any valid identify would suffice, the Pakistan army had clarified later that entry into the neighbouring country would be given on passport-based identity only.
SAD president asked Imran Khan to instruct Pakistan government officials to accept any valid identity except passports from the devotees from India. “Majority of people in rural areas do not have passports. Moreover, making a passport compulsory for this visit alone amounts to an additional expenditure of around Rs 2,000.
Badal further stated that the service fee was unjustified as it was against the basic tenets of Sikhism that stipulated that there should not be any obstacle in the way of ‘darshan’ of ‘Guru ka ghar’. Sukhbir said even presently passport was not needed except for identification purposes as no visa was being issued for visit to Kartarpur Sahib.