Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal lashed out at the Pakistan government for levying $20 from the devotees for visiting the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara through the much anticipated Kartarpur corridor which is supposed to open in November.
Taking over to her Twitter handle, she wrote: “The #20 fee charged by Pak for Kartarpur Sahib darshan is atrocious.”
The $20 fee each charged by Pak for #KartarpurSahib darshan is atrocious. How will a poor devotee pay this amount? Pakistan has made a business out of faith. @ImranKhanPTI's statement that this fee will boost Pak's economy & result in earning foreign exchange is highly shameful. pic.twitter.com/a0sidEDIPZ— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) October 20, 2019
A video is doing rounds on the internet in which Harsimrat Badal is heard saying that it is “highly shameful” for Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to think that the service fee will boost his country’s economy.
She further said, “How will a poor devotee pay this amount? Pakistan has made a business out of faith. Imran Khan’s statement that this fee will boost economy and is highly shameful.”
Pakistan had made an official statement that it will charge $20 as service fee from all the devotees who wish to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara.
As of now, no official statement has been made by the Pakistan officials on the $20 issue.
Imran Khan on 20th October informed that the Kartarpur corridor will be in service for the public from November 9.
The corridor will allow visa-free transit of Indian pilgrims who will only have to get a permit for visiting the Kartarpur Sahib which was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It also will be the first visa-free passage between the two neighbouring countries.
Guru Nanak Dev ji, founder of Sikhism spent more than 18 years at the Kartarpur gurudwara which is situated on the banks of river Ravi. The pilgrimage will be marking the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji which will start from next month.
The idea of Kartarpur Corridor was kept forth in1999 by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Nawaz Sharif, the then prime ministers of India and Pakistan respectively. The foundation stone of the gurudwara was laid down on 26th November on the Indian side, and two days later on the Pakistan side.