Pakistani 18-member delegation headed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, and Director General South Asia and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday (March 14) has been departed for India via Wagha Border to hold talks for Kartarpur corridor drafting. Negotiations between Pakistan and India to finalise the modalities for the Kartarpur Corridor started on Thursday at the Attari complex in Amritsar. The first round of talks are likely to continue till 4pm.
Addressing the media prior to departure, Dr Faisal said “Continuing with our spirit of constructive engagement and flexibility, and in line with our sincere efforts to de-escalate the situation for regional peace and stability, we decided to agree to India’s proposal and are here today … for what is the first of a series of meetings.”
“The Kartarpur Corridor initiative is Pakistan’s message for peace and we expect India to also act positively,” said Dr Faisal. “The long-awaited Kartarpur corridor was strongly being demanded by the Sikh community and Prime Minister Imran Khan s initiative is reflecting that Pakistan has been securing the rights of minorities,” Dr Faisal added.
“We hope the initiative of Prime Minister Imran Khan will not only facilitate the Sikh community but in the current vitiated situation can be a step forward in the right direction from conflict to cooperation, animosity to peace and enmity to friendship.”
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17 November, 2019