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Indo-Pak Kartarpur pact
NEW DELHI, Oct 21: India is ready to sign an agreement with Pakistan on Wednesday for allowing Sikh pilgrims to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in the neighbouring country through a much-awaited corridor set to open next month, the Ministry of External Affairs said today. It expressed "disappointment" at Pakistan's decision to charge a $20 fee, but said that India will go ahead with the agreement for now.
Differences over the fee had resulted in a delay in launching online registration for the first pilgrimage to the Sikh religious site on November 9.
Last month, India and Pakistan agreed on visa-free travel of Indian pilgrims to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib through the four-kilometre Kartarpur border corridor. Through this, pilgrims will only have to carry their passports to visit the holy site located in the neighbouring country.
The two nations also decided that 5,000 pilgrims can visit the shrine every day, and additional pilgrims will be allowed on special occasions, subject to the expansion of facilities on the Pakistani side. -NDTV