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Pak’s service charge on Kartarpur pilgrims: Amarinder writes to Modi

CHANDIGARH: Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modis intervention to pressurise Pakistan into withdrawing its proposal to impose a service charge on passage through the Kartarpur Corridor.
In a letter to the prime minister, Amarinder suggested that the ministry of external affairs take up the matter in the bilateral meetings on the subject for an early resolution. Pakistans insistence on service charges would impose a significant financial burden on the lakhs of pilgrims seeking 'darshan' of the Gurudwara, many of whom may not be so well-off, said Amarinder.
He said that on earlier occasions too, he had requested the Government of India to intercede with the Government of Pakistan not to levy any visa or other charges on the pilgrims visiting Sri Kartapur This would be in fulfillment of the long-cherished desire to have "khulIe darshan deedar" of the holy shrine of Sri Kartarpur in Pakistan, he stressed.
Amarinder underlined the historic importance of the Kartarpur Corridor, slated to be opened as part of 550th birth anniversOriginal Article

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