The third round of talks between Pakistan and India on the Kartarpur Corridor held successfully as both the countries have agreed to open the corridor from November. According to details, Pakistan and India reached an understanding on visa-free travel of Indian pilgrims to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib based on their faith but no formal agreement could be signed.
The corridor will be operational throughout the year, seven days a week, an understanding was reach and pilgrims will have a choice to visit as individuals or in groups and on foot.
“In line with Prime Minister Khan’s commitment and Pakistan’s unprecedented gesture of opening the Pakistan- India border for the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, Pakistan will permit 5000 Indian pilgrims daily, with the provision for additional numbers on special occasions, subject to capacity” Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in an official statement.
“ It was stressed that Pakistan’s Kartarpur spirit was aimed at facilitating and promoting Nanak Naamlevas but limiting pilgrims was necessary in the initial phases due to capacity constraints” it is added.
It was agreed that an identification card will be issued by Pakistan to the visiting pilgrims. Pilgrims will be charged nominal amount as service charges for the upkeep/ maintenance of the Gurdwara Sahib. A Joint Working Group will be constituted by the Parties for facilitating the smooth implementation of the agreement.
The Pakistan side handed over a comprehensive dossier to India, in response to the dossier shared by India in the last meeting. In view of paucity of time and the impending deadline of the 550th celebrations, Pakistan proposed that the next round of meeting be held at the earliest, preferably next week, to finalize the draft agreement.
Pakistan remains steadfast in its resolve to fulfill Prime Minister Imran Khan’s commitment to the Nanak Naamlevas in line with Islamic principles advocating respect for all religions. The Pakistani delegation was led by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal and the Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs.
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27 September, 2019