On Thursday 25th of October 2019, Pakistan and India signed the Kartarpur Corridor deal, which would enable the Sikh community in India and all around the globe to visit their holy places in Pakistan. The deal would enable 5000 Sikh pilgrims to visit the Baba Guru Nanak Gurudwara in Narowal, Pakistan which is now the biggest Gurudwara in the world.
The Sikhs of Indian origin would not need a visa to visit the place, but would require only a valid passport and an Overseas Indian National Card. The pilgrims are not allowed to stay in the country, they would have to enter and leave the country on the same day and would be charged $20 service charges per visit.
The pilgrims willing to come would have to follow a given procedure; they would have to register themselves in India 10 days before the visit and then would be called regarding the approval of application on the fourth day of the visit.
Pakistan’s officials said that this step shows that Pakistan promotes interfaith harmony, as per the principles of Islam. Dr. Faisal, who signed the deal on Pakistan’s behalf, said that it was a tough deal due to the nature of relations between the two countries and was completed after a series of negotiations with India. He further added that a complete security plan has been made for the Yatrees and the government would facilitate them in every way. PM Imran said that this would boost the image of the country and would convey a soft image to the world.