Pakistan opens immigration centre at Kartarpur border

Pakistan has set up an immigration centre at the Kartarpur border following the ground-breaking of the landmark corridor for Sikh pilgrims.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director (Punjab) Mufakhar Adeel said, “The FIA has set up an immigration office at Kartarpur border in Narowal.”

Adeel said that since the border could be an easy passage for drug dealers, terrorists and human traffickers a strong mechanism was required to keep the situation under control on both sides.

“The FIA officers will check the documents of pilgrims and identify them through biometric technology. Pilgrims with visas will be allowed to enter the city while those with permits will be given access to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib only,” Adeel said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor on November 28 and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh laid the foundation stone for the Kartarpur Sahib corridor in Gurdaspur on November 26.

Imran Khan said that his government wanted a “civilised relationship” with India and declared that Islamabad would move two steps forward if New Delhi took one step.

The corridor is however, expected to be completed within six months.