The Interior Ministry has decided to add a category of religious tourism to the online visa system for Sikh pilgrims seeking to apply for visas to visit Kartarpur, it emerged on Friday.
A meeting of the Ministry of Interior decided that the ministry would entertain two separate categories of visa applications; one would be for Sikh pilgrims of Indian origin living in other parts of the world, while the other would be for Sikh pilgrims with a residence permit from another country along with an Indian passport. All visa applications of both categories for Kartarpur pilgrimages will be processed within 7 to 10 business days.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will collaborate with the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to develop a standard operating procedure for visitors with visas under the category of religious tourism.
An amendment will be sought in the policy to accommodate the steps mentioned above of the cabinet.
Pakistan has repeatedly assured the Sikh community that the Kartarpur corridor on the side of Pakistan will open near the 550th anniversary of the birth of Baba Guru Nanak.
Pakistan agreed to allow 5,000 Sikh pilgrims from India to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal daily through the Kartarpur corridor, which is scheduled to open in November.
The last peace of mind came on Wednesday the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Dr. Mohammad Faisal, while informing the media about the technical talks that took place between the delegations of India and Pakistan about Kartarpur.