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Punjab CM hails Pakistan’s decision to allow Kartarpur pilgrims without permit

The CM also reiterated his demand for a special package from the Indian government to make the birth anniversary celebrations truly historic.

punjab Updated: Jul 18, 2019 13:19 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh hailed Pakistan’s decision to allow overseas citizen of India (OCI) and people of Indian-origin (PIO) card holders to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib across the border.
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh hailed Pakistan’s decision to allow overseas citizen of India (OCI) and people of Indian-origin (PIO) card holders to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib across the border.(Sanjeev Kumar / HT File Photo )
         

Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday welcomed Pakistan’s decision to remove the requirement of a separate permit to allow pilgrims to travel through the corridor to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur, as had been demanded by him.

In a press release, the CM said the Centre should press the Pakistan government for accepting his other key demands of waiving of passport to facilitate devotees from the rural areas and increasing the daily limit of pilgrims to enable ‘open darshan’ to mark the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak in November.

“Even as Pakistan has now agreed to 5,000 devotees a day as against its earlier proposal of 500 but the number needs to be further raised, at least on special occasions, in view of the huge demand likely from Sikhs and other devotees from around the world,” he said.

“The historic corridor would not serve its full potential unless Pakistan agrees to become more flexible with regards to the various issues raised by me to enable all the pilgrims to visit the shrine,” he added.

He hailed Pakistan’s decision to allow overseas citizen of India (OCI) and people of Indian-origin (PIO) card holders as urged by him to allow to visit the gurdwara across the border.

“Pakistan, which has also conceded to India’s demand to build a bridge over the Ravi, has taken some steps forward. But I urge the Indian government to engage more closely with them to secure their agreement on other demands I have been raising,” he added.

The CM also reiterated his demand for a special package from the Indian government to make the birth anniversary celebrations truly historic.

First Published: Jul 15, 2019 14:21 IST

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