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Pakistan assigns two categories of visas for Sikhs residing abroad

On the occasion of celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 550th birth anniversary, Pakistan took a decision to assign two visa categories for Sikh pilgrims living abroad who wish to pay obeisance at Kartarpur Sahib.

It will allow Indian pilgrims to visit Kartarpur Sahib hassle-free through a new corridor.

Reports in Pakistan media say that Ministry of interior decided in a meeting that two types of visas will be introduced for the Sikh pilgrimage approaching from other countries than India.

One category will be for Sikh people who are citizens of other countries and the second category will be for Sikh persons with resident permits of other countries holding Indian passports.

Now questions prevail for permanent resident card holders having Overseas Citizens of India cards, which means for people having dual citizenship.

The Pakistan government decided to add a religious category in visa to the online system for Sikh pilgrims applying to visit Kartarpur. This practice is being started to smoothen the process of people traveling to Kartarpur Sahib.

Pakistan and India have already approved the proposal to allow Indian pilgrims to travel visa-free to Kartarpur irrespective of their religion or faith.

During the third meeting at Attari both sides decided to allow five thousand people to visit Kartarpur Sahib through the corridor daily.

Additional pilgrims, over and above the figure of 5,000, can visit on special occasions, subject to capacity expansion by Pakistan side.

India rejecting the demand of Pakistan to levy service fee from the pilgrims, both nations couldn’t finalize model of operations till the third meeting.

Pakistan, on the other hand, is reluctant on allowing protocol officers from India to escort pilgrims daily.

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