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Pakistan Urges Indian Delegates to Negotiate Agreement on Kartarpur Corridor

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has invited Indian delegates to negotiate and finalize the agreement on the Kartarpur corridor for which the stone demolition ceremony took place on both sides of the border last November, India Today said Tuesday
In a press release, the Pakistani government announced on Monday that it had appointed the Director General (South Asia and SAARC) in Pakistan and asked the Indian government to also appoint an official to come to an end.
Pakistan said it had shared the draft agreement with New Delhi to facilitate the visit of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara, Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, through the High Commission of India in Islamabad.
This was in keeping with the Islamic principles of respect for all religions and Pakistan’s policy of promoting interfaith harmony and religious tolerance, as well as Quaid’s vision of a peaceful neighborhood, said the press release.
According to the proposed agreement, which is widely circulated in the Pakistani media, Islamabad will reserve the right to refuse entry to its territory, reduce the length of stay or terminate the stay of any pilgrim, despite the issuance of a permit, if Pakistani state considers it as threat to the country or finds it undesirable for security or other reasons.
Not more than 500 Sikh pilgrims will be allowed every day in the Kartarpur corridor and a pilgrim database with their travel history will be maintained, Pakistan said in the draft agreement that it plans to send to the Indian government for signature.
In the agreement, the Pakistani government also stated that it would be necessary to gather three days of information on visiting pilgrims and a security clearance by the Indian side prior to the entry of Sikh pilgrims into the future kartarpur corridor.
The project also emphasizes that entry into Pakistan will be permitted for which passport is mandatory and that pilgrims will not be exempt from the obligation to abide by the laws and regulations of Pakistan upon entry into Pakistan.
“All laws must be respected, not just with respect to entry and exit,” said the proposed draft agreement.
On November 28, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the first stone of the Kartarpur corridor along the Indo-Pakistan border. Once opened, it will allow Sikh pilgrims direct access to the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan, where Guru Nanak Devi died in 1539.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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