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India Prepares for Pakistan and Discusses Kartarpur Corridor

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI – India proposed to hold talks with Pakistani officials in the Kartarpur corridor from July 11 to 14 on the Pakistan side of the Wagah border to advance the project and bring it to a successful conclusion by November before Anniversary of the birth of Baba Guru Nanak, Pakistan Today reported Monday.
According to the plan proposed by India, the two sides will discuss a draft agreement on issues related to infrastructure and project alignment and facilitation of the movement of Sikh yatrees.
The move comes after nearly three months of silence, preceded by India’s decision to postpone the talks scheduled for April 2 on the alleged inclusion of Khalistan militants in the Pakistan committee.
While announcing its decision to postpone the meeting, New Delhi had stated that it “asked Pakistan for clarification on the key proposals put forward by India at the last meeting held in Attari to discuss the modalities of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor”.
Pakistan, in a statement, regretted India’s decision, saying: “A last-minute postponement without seeking the views of Pakistan and especially after the productive technical meeting of 19 March is incomprehensible.”
The corridor should be opened this year to Sikh pilgrims in commemoration of the 550th anniversary of the birth of Baba Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism.
The opening ceremony of the corridor in Pakistan took place on November 28th. In January, Pakistan had communicated to India its draft agreement on the Kartarpur corridor and invited its delegation to visit the country to negotiate the document, which would govern the functioning of the corridor, to provide visa-free access for Indian Sikh pilgrims from Gurdwara to Kartarpur Sahib (Narowal district).
In January, Pakistan presented its draft agreement on the Kartarpur Corridor with India and invited its delegation to visit the area to negotiate the document.
On 14 March, Pakistani and Indian officials decided to speed up the work to put the Kartarpur Corridor into operation after the negotiations on this topic, held in Attari, India, on a cordial note.
The delegations of Pakistan and India technical experts met on March 19 at the proposed zero points to discuss and finalize the development of the Kartarpur corridor.
After this meeting, it was decided that both parties would submit to their respective government maps and records for border fences and development work on the Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib corridor.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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