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India-Pakistan Kartarpur Meeting Under Way

AMRITSAR, India – Exactly one month after the terrorist attack in Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF soldiers, Indian and Pakistani officials met for the first time at the Attari border near Amritsar on Thursday to finalize the modalities from the corridor leading to Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, Economic Times reported Thursday.
Commitment to realize a dream! , Raveesh Kumar, spokesman for the Department of External Affairs, spoke of the crucial dialogue on Twitter once the meeting opened.
Discussions are beginning between India and Pakistan to discuss and finalize the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor, which will allow Indian pilgrims to visit the sacred sanctuary of Gurudwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, he added.
The meeting began after the arrival of the Pakistani delegation via the joint Attari-Wagah border crossing checkpoint.
He stands at the Integrated Control Post (ICP) at Attari on the Indian side.
Officials from the Ministry of the Interior (MHA), the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the High National Authority of India and other relevant departments represent the Indian side during the talks.
Pakistan has sent an 18-member team led by the South Asian director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Muhammad Faisal, who is also the spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry.
India has made it clear that the meeting was in no way a resumption of the bilateral dialogue.
This is not a resumption of bilateral discussions, let me clarify that this is by no means a resumption of a bilateral dialogue, said the MEA spokesman.
The ministry said the issue was about the emotions and feelings of Indian Sikh citizens and its decision on the meeting showed a strong commitment to make the corridor operational on the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth.
Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara, in Narowal District, Punjab Province, Pakistan, 4.5 km from the border near the town of Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district, Punjab, is important for the Sikh community because this is where the founder of the Sikh lives and is his last resting place.
The Indian and Pakistani governments are trying to facilitate pilgrims’ trips to offer prayers to Gurdwara – a request made by Sikhs for more than 70 years.
Punjab Prime Minister Amarinder Singh wants “a passport and a” khule darshan “visa-free for pilgrims”.
The union government has already announced the creation of a state-of-the-art passenger terminal complex at Dera Baba Nanak, inspired by the “Khand” symbol, which symbolizes the values of uniqueness and humanity.
It will welcome around 5,000 pilgrims a day and will accommodate 10,000 more pilgrims at festivals.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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