Pakistan to cost $20 charge even on opening day of Kartarpur Hall: Sources

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NEW DELHI: In a U-turn, Pakistan has conveyed to India that it’s going to cost the USD 20 facilitation charge from every pilgrim utilizing the Kartarpur Hall to go to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib on Saturday, sources mentioned.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan final week introduced that no charge can be charged from the pilgrims on the opening day of the hall on November 9 and on Sikhism founder Guru Nanak’s 550th delivery anniversary on November 12.

The Pakistan International Workplace had confirmed on Thursday the waiving of the charge for the inaugural day and November 12, citing Prime Minister Khan’s remarks.

The hall, connecting the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Punjab with Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur within the Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province, will likely be thrown open to the pilgrims on Saturday with India and Pakistan set to carry separate ceremonies to mark the event.

Sources mentioned Pakistan has conveyed to India that individuals travelling by way of the Kartarpur hall on Saturday may also should pay the USD 20 charge.

Nevertheless, it was not instantly clear whether or not the charge may also be charged from these travelling within the official 550-member official jatha or delegation, they mentioned.

However a chill in bilateral ties over Kashmir, India and Pakistan after powerful negotiations signed an settlement final month, paving the way in which for the inauguration of the Kartarpur Hall on November 9, forward of the 550th delivery anniversary of the founding father of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev.

The settlement will enable 5,000 Indian pilgrims each day to go to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib the place Guru Nanak spent final 18 years of his life.

Every customer can be required to pay USD 20 as charge, although India has requested Pakistan to not cost the Indian pilgrims.

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