Advantage Pakistan as the country set to to earn at least $3 million per month from pilgrims visiting Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur…reports Asian Lite News
Cash strapped Pakistan is going to earn a whopping 3 million dollars per month from pilgrims visiting Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, a report said.
According to Pakistan media reports, as per the agreement signed between India and Pakistan, a pilgrim will have to pay 20 dollars as service fee for the visit to Darbar Sahib. If five thousand pilgrims visit per day, Pakistan will earn 1 lakh dollars every day. This means that at this rate Pakistan will earn 30 lakh dollars per month.
The Pakistan media has said that the levying of a service fee will be another source of foreign currency generation for Pakistan, which is reeling under a severe financial crisis. Pakistan will earn around Rs 555 crore in Pakistani currency per annum from the service fee.
The report said that Pakistan will have to employ a staff of about 200 people to manage the pilgrims. A small hospital and media centre will also be opened.
Though India signed the pact with Pakistan for ensuring smooth travel of pilgrims through the Kartarpur Corridor, it has asked Islamabad to review the decision to levy service fee in future.
India and Pakistan on Thursday signed an agreement to operationalise the historic Kartarpur Corridor to allow Indian Sikh pilgrims a visa free visit to the holy Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.
The pilgrims will have to carry Electronic Travel Authorisation, along with their passport, when they arrive at the Passenger Terminal Building.
Guru Nanak University
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will lay the foundation stone of Baba Guru Nanak University on October 28 at Nankana Sahib, ahead of the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor.
Imran Khan will break ground for Baba Guru Nanak University at 11 a.m. on Monday.
All preparations have been completed for the ceremony in Nankana Sahib, which will see the Punjab Chief Minister, other Provincial and Federal Ministers and Foreign Ambassadors in attendance.
Interior Minister Aijaz Ahmed Shah will also be present on the occasion.
On Thursday, officials from Pakistan and India signed an agreement for opening the Kartarpur Corridor, to mark the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.
In a signing ceremony at Zero Point, Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director General South Asia and SAARC Dr. Muhammad Faisal and India’s Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs S.C.L. Das signed the agreement on behalf of their respective countries.
In the agreement, Islamabad has kept a service fee of $20 for Sikh pilgrims visiting the Corridor from the Indian side, unchanged. As many as 5,000 Sikh pilgrims can visit Kartarpur daily and Pakistan will consider the possibility of allowing more pilgrims on special occasions.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate Kartarpur Corridor on November 9.