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Pakistan and India to Hold Third Round of Kartarpur Corridor Negotiations

ISLAMABAD – The third round of talks between the Indian and Pakistani delegates will be held on Wednesday in Beijing to review and finalize the draft agreement on the commissioning of the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims. The joint secretarial meeting will be held in Attari, Amritsar, officials said.
This will be the second meeting of its kind after New Delhi revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, resulting in new tensions between the two neighbours.
At the last secretary-level meeting held in Wagah, Pakistan, in July, it was agreed that 5,000 pilgrims a day would be allowed to travel to Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan.
On August 30, the meeting between the technical experts of India and Pakistan took place. This corridor will connect Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur, Pakistan, to the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district, Punjab, and facilitate the visa-free movement of Indian pilgrim’s founder Guru Nanak Dev.
This corridor will be the first visa-free corridor between the two neighbours since independence. Pakistan is building the corridor connecting the Indian border to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, the last home of Guru Nanak, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak to the border will be built by India.
As part of a major initiative last November, India and Pakistan agreed to create the Kartarpur Corridor to link the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib – Guru Nanak Dev’s resting place – to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur. Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district, on the other side of the Ravi River, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.
The corridor will open in November to mark the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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