India will stick to Kartarpur agreement on visits by Indian pilgrims: MEA

Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, Kartarpur, Kartarpur corridor
The agreement aims at ensuring visa-free travel for Indian pilgrims to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan through a border corridor | PTI File

Two days ahead of the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor, India on Thursday (November 7) said conflicting reports are coming from Pakistan on whether Indian pilgrims will require passport to visit the Darbar Sahib shrine using the new facility.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said an agreement was signed between the two countries finalising the modalities for visits by Indian pilgrims and India will stick to it.

“Conflicting reports are coming from Pakistan. Sometimes they say passport is needed and sometimes they say it is not required. As of now, there is a bilateral agreement which specified required documents,” he said.

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Kumar said amendments cannot be made unilaterally.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has tweeted that passport will not be required, but according to the agreement, passport will be needed.

Kumar also said that Pakistan is yet to confirm the list of Indian dignitaries who will attend the Kartarpur opening ceremony on the Pakistani side.

“We are presuming that all names we have shared with Pakistani side for inaugural jatha have been cleared,” he said.

The MEA spokesperson also asked Pakistan to ensure adequate security to Indian dignitaries attending the event.