Pakistan, India to hold technical talks on Kartarpur corridor

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India to hold technical talks on the Kartarpur corridor on April 16, the Foreign Office sources said on Monday.

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FO spokesperson Dr Mohmmad Faisal tweeted, “continuing with #Pakistan’s spirit of constructive engagement, we have agreed to the Indian proposal for a technical meeting on 16 April. We expect positivity from #India so that the corridor becomes reality for 550th celebrations. #PakistanKartarpurSpirit.”

Last month, Dr Faisal tweeted about cancellation of scheduled Kartarpur Corridor meeting between the two nations at the Wagah Border on April 2.

In March 14 meeting, India refused to grant visas to Pakistani journalists to cover the event.

On March 19, Pakistan and India held technical talks on Kartarpur passage plans at chosen zero point for three hours.

Sources indicated that the technical experts from both countries took part in the meeting who together discussed areas surrounding the passage. Fencing is set up by the both sides around the passage.

Representatives from both countries will submit survey reports of the meeting to their respective nations, a consensus will be subsequently developed on crossing points between the countries.

The meeting was earlier announced by Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal after the Attari meeting between said countries on March 14.

Dr Faisal said in a press conference following the meeting that both nations had in depth and productive discussions on wide assortment of aspects and necessities of the planned agreement and a rapid exertion of the passage was agreed upon.

China praised the meeting between Pakistan and India as Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang articulated optimism that pertinent development will help to alleviate strain between the nations and better the regional circumstances.

Geng advised both nations to prolong manifestation of compassion to resolve differences through communication and mutually uphold regional harmony and solidity.

Gurdwara Darbar Sahib situated in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab have a religious connotation to the Sikh Community. It is the very place Baba Guru Nanak  spent his final 18 years after his journeys as a disciple.

The passage on the side of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur will be built by Pakistan leading to the Indian border from there the passage leading to Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab’s Gurdaspur district will be built by India.

In November 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the establishment of the passage. Politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, Food Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Minister for Housing Hardeep S Puri were present at the historical ceremony.

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