The fumble by Pakistan over the requirement of passports for Sikh pilgrims visiting Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur from India via a purpose built land “corridor” in Dera Baba Nanak, may be a sign of the times across the border.
On November 1, Prime Minister Imran Khan had tweeted that Sikh pilgrims visiting Kartarpur Sahib through the corridor, could do so without passports, and any valid ID would do. He also waived the 10-day prior registration for Sikh pilgrims.
On November 7, Pakistan Army spokesman Lt Gen Asif Ghafoor, was reported as telling a Pakistani TV channel that a passport or “permit” was required.
The opening of the Kartarpur corridor on November 9 will take place at a time when an opposition politician, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, has led a massive march to Pakistan’s capital city Islamabad. Read More