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Pakistan PM Imran Khan offers glimpses of Kartarpur corridor ahead of inauguration on November 9

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday shared photos of Kartarpur corridor which is set to open for Sikh pilgrims on November 9 to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. 

Visa-free movement

The corridor will facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev. Both countries will hold events to mark the opening of their sections of the corridor.

Indian pilgrims will pay Pakistan $20 to use the corridor, which includes roadways, an 800-metre bridge over the Ravi River and an immigration office.

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Good news for pilgrims

Earlier this week, Pak PM announced no fee will be charged on the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and on the day of the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor.

Khan also said that he waived two requirements for Indian pilgrims visiting Kartarpur, they won't need a passport just a valid ID and no advance booking is required.

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Corridor between India and Pakistan

The foundation stone for the Kartarpur corridor was laid on the Indian side on November 26, 2018, followed by Pakistani side two days later.

The corridor connects Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur in India to Darbar Sahib Gurudwara in Kartarpur, Pakistan.

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Example of cooperation

The project is a recent example of cooperation between the nuclear powers, who came close to war in February following February's terrorist attack in Kashmir's Pulwama district. Relations between India and Pakistan have nosedived since then and the tension rose further after India abrogated Article 370 in Kashmir.

Recently, India and Pakistan signed the much-awaited agreement for operationalising the Kartarpur Corridor, just weeks ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

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Long-sought access

The Sikh minority community in India’s northern state of Punjab and elsewhere has long sought easier access to the temple in Kartarpur, a village just over the border in Pakistan. The temple marks the site where the guru died.