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A view of Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan.
A view of Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan.

Pak, India to sign Kartarpur Corridor agreement on Oct 24, says foreign office spokesperson Faisal

ANI | Updated: Oct 23, 2019 18:40 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Oct 23 (ANI): Pakistan and India will sign the Kartarpur Corridor agreement on October 24, foreign office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said on Wednesday.
"Hopefully the agreement on Kartarpur corridor will be signed tomorrow," Faisal said during the weekly press conference.
Earlier, the agreement was scheduled to be signed on Tuesday, but could not take place.
India had earlier said that there was "agreement" between New Delhi and Islamabad on all other issues except the matter of service fee to be charged from Indian pilgrims.
From the very start, Pakistan has been insisting on levying a fee of USD 20 each pilgrim visiting Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara through the corridor.
However, the Indian side has urged the Islamic nation to not charge the proposed fee.
The corridor will facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.
The corridor will also be the first visa-free corridor between the two neighbours, Dunya News had reported.
India and Pakistan have held a series of high-level talks for the operationalisation of the corridor ahead of the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev.
From the Indian side, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the corridor.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the project on November 9, three days before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. (ANI)