National Assembly Session

The National Assembly was informed today that Pakistan is fully facilitating the Sikh Yatrees from India to visit Kartarpur to perform their religious rituals.

Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Shaukat Ali told the house during question hour that there may be reduction in the number of Sikh yatrees from India due to COVID-19 but there is no obstacle from Pakistani side in their way to visit their revered site. The parliamentary secretary said the Sikh yatrees are allowed to visit Kartarpur without visa, however, they are bound to bring their valid Indian passport for immigration clearance as per the MOU signed between Pakistan and India. Shaukat Ali said the list of Sikh pilgrims is provided by the Indian authorities ten days in advance which is shared with the relevant institutions for security and verification. Upon their approval, the Sikh Yatrees are allowed to visit Kartarpur.

The Parliamentary said legislation is on the cards to curb human trafficking. He said reforms are also being brought in the FIA to curb such crimes.

At the outset, the house offered fateha for doctors and paramedical staff died of COVID-19 and three soldiers martyred recently in Balochistan.