Kartarpur broker: confusion prevails over the passport requirement, Navjot Singh Sidhu obtains political approval after much brouhaha

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: Contradictory messages from Pakistan on the key question of whether Indian pilgrims will require a passport to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib there, and a warning from New Delhi that Islamabad should give up anti-Indian propaganda marked the period before Saturday. inauguration of the long awaited.

Political authorization to Punjab MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu , who repeatedly requested permission from the government to travel to Kartarpur after receiving an invitation from Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, was another issue that was the center of attention on Thursday even though the Foreign Ministry said he would not justice to the historical event to highlight an individual.

Later, official sources said that the MLA Congress received political authorization to travel to Pakistan to attend the inauguration.

MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters that Pakistan has not reversed the list of 550 delegates delivered by India who will be part of the inaugural jatha.

Pakistan is supposed to confirm the final list of pilgrims at least four days before the visit. The trip will take place the day after tomorrow, so we assume that all the names we have shared with Pakistan are confirmed and as a result, we have informed those who are part of the jatha, he said.

India has also filed a strong protest with Pakistan after a video posted by him in the Kartarpur corridor presented photos of three Kalistani separatist leaders, including Kumar.

We condemn Pakistan's attempt to undermine the spirit under which the pilgrimage is supposed to take place, Kumar said, adding that India has demanded that they eliminate the objectionable video and also some printed materials circulating to promote propaganda against India. .

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

Pakistan also delivered conflicting messages on the crucial issue of the passport requirement for Indian pilgrims with the Pakistan army spokesman stating that the passport would be required to use the Kartarpur Corridor and Pakistan's foreign relations office that contradicts it, and saying that Khan has renounced the status of a one-year passport for Indian Sikhs visiting the Gurdwara.

Reacting with caution, MEA said that an agreement has been signed between the two countries that finalizes the modalities of visits and that India will stick to it.

You must have seen conflicting reports from Pakistan about what is required to undertake the visit. Even today that sense of confusion continued as there was a statement from the Pakistan Foreign Office (FO), while DG ISPR tweeted something else, Kumar said. .

So far we are aware that there is a bilateral document signed between India and Pakistan that clearly specifies the documents required to undertake the visit. Any amendment to the existing MoU cannot be made unilaterally. It requires the consent of both parties, he said.

He stated that, for the moment, the Indian side will comply with the requirements stipulated by the existing MoU.

Then, those who undertake the trip on November 9 and also later must follow what is contained in the MoU until it is revised or amended, the MEA spokesperson added.

Hitting Pakistan for creating confusion about the passport, Kumar accused Pakistan of taking a stand on the issue to show that they have granted a concession.

From the beginning, we have continued with this initiative with a very open mind, in a very constructive way because we realized that it involves the feelings of the Sikh community and members of other religions, it is a matter of faith, Kumar said.

The Pakistani side has repeatedly assured us during the discussions that they will not allow anti-Indian elements, anti-Indian propaganda during the pilgrimage and during the event. Now you must stick to the spirit under which you have agreed to this. , he said.

During his weekly press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan's FO spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that the status of passports for Indian Sikhs was waived for a year following the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak's birth.

Prime Minister Khan also waived the requirement to transmit pilgrim information to the Pakistani government 10 days prior to entry, and also waived the $ 20 service fee per pilgrim on November 9 and 12, Faisal said, adding that Pakistan has Formally transmitted this to India. .

The corridor will connect the Dera Baba Nanak sanctuary in the Punjab of India with Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, just 4 kilometers from the international border, located in the Narowal district of the Punjab province of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Punjab police deployed a special Tourist Police Force of 100 members for the safety of Indian pilgrims who use the corridor daily since Saturday.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh , The ministers of the Hardeep Puri Union and Harsimrat Kaur Badal They are among the 550 pilgrims expected to attend the inaugural 'jatha' at Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib through the Kartarpur corridor.