What are the details of Kartarpur pact?
India and Pakistan signed an agreement to operationalise the Kartarpur corridor that will facilitate pilgrims from India to visit the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.
The agreement is valid initially for five years. India will hand over the list of pilgrims to Pakistan 10 days in advance and those granted permission to go may be informed only four days before the proposed date of travel.
The agreement said pilgrims would be allowed to carry a maximum of Rs. 11,000 and a 7-kg bag that could contain drinking water, and they would not be allowed to venture beyond the shrine. They would travel in the morning and return the same day.
“Do’s and don’ts” issued by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)
Children below 13 years and persons of about 75 years and above will have to travel in groups.
Eco-friendly material, preferably cloth bags, should be used during the pilgrimage and the surroundings should be kept clean.
All pilgrims who propose to visit Sri Kartarpur Sahib in Narowal district of Pakistan, will have to necessarily register online.
Pilgrims would be allowed to carry kirpans (dagger), one of the five articles of faith worn by Sikhs.
Pilgrims have been advised not to touch any unattended article and inform about anything suspicious to the authorities. Playing loud music and taking photographs without permission would also be not allowed.
About Kartarpur Corridor
The corridor is being built to connect Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur with Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak, to commemorate his 550th birth anniversary celebrations on November 12.
Source: The Hindu
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