Another Pak U-turn, USD 20 fees for Kartarpur reinstated

Agencies
Friday, 8 November 2019

In another U-turn, Pakistan has set to charge $20 each from Indian pilgrims using the Kartarpur corridor on the inauguration day on Saturday, despite Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan having declared a fee waiver on November 1.

New Delhi: In another U-turn, Pakistan has set to charge $20 each from Indian pilgrims using the Kartarpur corridor on the inauguration day on Saturday, despite Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan having declared a fee waiver on November 1.

As per sources, Pakistan has conveyed the decision to India.

The decision to charge the $20 fee from the 550 pilgrims utilizing the corridor on the day of the inauguration is another in a line of u-turns by Pakistan on the Kartarpur modalities.

On 1 November, Imran Khan had said that Sikhs coming to Kartarpur from India need not carry passports but just need a valid ID card, and that no expense will be charged on the day of the inauguration of the corridor to the Kartarpur gurdwara.

However, on Thursday, Pakistan said that passports are a must.

On Friday, it conveyed that it will be charging the service fee of $20.

On Saturday, among the 550 pilgrims using the corridor will be former PM Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh as well as union ministers Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur.

The money earned through Saturday's Kartarpur pilgrimage collection from the 550 pilgrims will amount to a tidy $11,000 for Pakistan.

India has been protesting the service fee of $20, with many calling it a jaziya tax.

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