India has proposed fresh dates to Pakistan to hold the second round of meeting on the modalities to operational the Kartarpur corridor between July 11-14, 2019, at Attari-Wagah (Pakistan side).
According to the sources, the meeting would discuss the draft agreement on the modalities for movement of pilgrims along the Kartarpur corridor and resolve outstanding technical issues related to alignment and infrastructure along the corridor. So far three rounds of technical level discussions have been held, at the expert’s level, to try and finalise the alignment, crossing point and infrastructure along the corridor.
Earlier last year Pakistan had inaugurated the Kartarpur corridor, to facilitate Sikh Pilgrims to visit their holy places. Kartarpur corridor connects Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur area of Pakistan’s Narowal with Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Gurdaspur District.
Since then, the construction work has been underway with some pace as authorities are working overnight to meet the deadline. The corridor, once operational, will provide visa-free access to Sikhs from India to their holiest Shrine located inside Pakistan. This will also be the first visa-free corridor between the two nuclear-armed neighbours since their independence in 1947.
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