Kartarpur Corridor meeting called by Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, July 14 was proposed by Pakistan to India for the second meeting to discuss the draft agreement and finalize the modalities to operationalize the Kartarpur corridor.

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In regard to facilitating a visa-free movement of  Sikh pilgrims, connecting Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab’s Gurdaspur via the Kartarpur corridor. The pilgrims will just have to obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib. “Pakistan is committed to accelerating progress on the matter to ensure that the corridor is operationalized in time for the celebrations of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on November 2019,” the press release briefed, as the Indian side has been requested to convey the composition of its delegation, it was added.

Round two of the talks related to the matter were previously slated to be conducted on April 2nd but were stalled and postponed by the Indian side, after reports surfaced about the appointment of “controversial elements” by Pakistan in a committee associated with the corridor.

According to India’s Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar: despite postponing, India had offered to hold a technical meeting in which other aspects of the matters would be discussed.

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