With less than 24 hours to go fo the official opening of the Kartarpur corridor, Indian official sources say that Pakistan is yet to respond to the final list of Pilgrims sent to the country. External affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar noted that Pakistan was supposed to confirm the list four days prior to the visit.
Earlier, speaking on the reports coming from Pakistan regarding documents required to undertake the visit, the MEA said that pilgrims must go by the requirements contained in the MOU (Memorandum of understanding) between the two countries. India has also given the list of Dignitaries who will be crossing over to Kartarpur to visit the Gurudwara. This 'Jatha' includes former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, former Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, and Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
On October 31, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted that Indians visiting Kartarpur won't require passports which created confusion among the pilgrims as no official statement came from the country.
For Sikhs coming for pilgrimage to Kartarpur from India, I have waived off 2 requirements: i) they wont need a passport - just a valid ID; ii) they no longer have to register 10 days in advance. Also, no fee will be charged on day of inauguration & on Guruji's 550th birthday— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 1, 2019
The government sources stated that critical information such as medical facilities, security arrangements for the pilgrims have not been shared yet.
In November 2018, India and Pakistan had agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur to Dera Baba Nanak. The two sides had planned to open the corridor before the year-long celebrations to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev beginning in November. Pakistan has also decided to charge USD 20 as fees for the Pilgrims visiting the Gurudwara. Even after several pleads from the Indian side to reconsider the fees Pakistan has not responded to the requests.