India urges Pak to give up fees at Kartarpur Sahib

India urges Pak to give up fees at Kartarpur Sahib

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New Delhi, Oct 17: India on Thursday stuck to its ground that Pakistan needs to give up its stand on levying a fee of USD 20 on pilgrims visiting Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara and said broad agreement on all other issues have been reached.

"After several rounds of discussion with Pakistan, we have reached an agreement on all other issues, except the matter of Service Fee. Pakistan insists on levying a fee of USD 20 (approx. Rs. 1420) on all pilgrims. We have urged Pakistan not to do so in the interests of devotees, and also because this is a people to people initiative," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said in response to queries from the media on whether Agreement on Kartarpur Sahib Corridor has not yet been finalized due to the Pakistani insistence that a service fee will be charged on all devotees.

"We hope that the Agreement can be concluded and signed in time for the great event," he said. He further said: "The Kartarpur Sahib Corridor is an important people to people initiative taken by India to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji".(UNI)