India makes special request to Pakistan over $20 fee for pilgrims using Kartarpur corridor

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Published: Thu 17 Oct 2019, 7:56 PM

Last updated: Thu 17 Oct 2019, 10:00 PM

India on Thursday said it has urged Pakistan not to levy $20 on pilgrims using the Kartarpur corridor and hoped the agreement on the cross-border corridor could be inked in time for the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism.

In response to queries, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said: "The Kartarpur Sahib Corridor is an important people-to-people initiative to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji."

"After several rounds of discussion with Pakistan, we have reached an agreement on all other issues, except the matter of service fee," he said, adding that India has requested Pakistan not to charge the $20 fee from all pilgrims.

The Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province, located 4.5km from the border near Dera Baba Nanak in India's Punjab, is highly revered among Sikhs as it was the place where Guru Nanak spent 18 years of his life and is his final resting place.

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