True to its reputation, the Pakistan Government had decided that the Indian pilgrims visiting Kartarpur Sahab will have to carry passport. Earlier it had said that passport was not mandatory. After Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted recently that the pilgrims will not be required to carry their passports, Pakistan Army spokesperson Arif Gafoor was quoted on Thursday by Pakistani News Channel that passport was essential for Indian pilgrims visiting Kartarpur.
Meanwhile the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar has stated that there was a bilateral document which has been signed between the two sides, which very clearly specifies the document needed to undertake the visit. Gafoor had earlier been quoted as saying that entry would be a legal one under a permit as a passport-based identity.
There will be no compromise in security and sovereignty while Kumar said there was a sense of confusion a few days before the inauguration because of the conflicting statements from Pakistan. Sometimes they say passport is needed and sometimes they say it is not required.
On November 1, while announcing the completion of Kartarpur corridor said on Twitter that he had waived two requirements related to passport and registration 10 days in advance for Sikhs coming for pilgrimage in Kartarpur from India.
Confirming that it had registered a strong protest against the display of Khalistan terrorists in a video on Kartarpur, the Indian Government also asked for Pakistan to act in its assurance that it hasn’t allot any anti-Indian activity at the pilgrimage site.