India-Pakistan "agreed To Work Towards Expeditiously Operationalizing The Kartarpur Sahib Corridor". Read The Joint-statement Here

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India and Pakistan released its first joint statement on the Katarpur Corridor detailing the extracts of the "detailed and constructive" meeting that was held amid heightened tensions between the neighbors.

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

India and Pakistan released its first joint statement on the Katarpur Corridor detailing the extracts of the "detailed and constructive" meeting that was held amid heightened tensions between the neighbours.

It said that both sides held "expert-level" dialogue on working towards the efficient operation of the Kartarpur Corridor.

The statement read:

The first meeting to discuss the modalities and the draft Agreement for facilitation of pilgrims to visit Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the Kartarpur Corridor was held today at Attari, India in a cordial environment.

The Indian delegation was led by Mr. S.C.L. Das, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Pakistan delegation was led by Dr. Mohammad Faisal, DG (SA & SAARC) of Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Both sides held detailed and constructive discussions on various aspects and provisions of the proposed agreement and agreed to work towards expeditiously operationalising the Kartapur Sahib Corridor.

Both sides also held expert-level discussions between the technical experts on the alignment and other details of the proposed corridor.

It was agreed to hold the next meeting at Wagah on 2 April 2019. This will be preceded by a meeting of the technical experts on 19 March 2019 at the proposed zero points to finalize the alignment.

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However, the above-mentioned statement does not mention if the two sides conducted terror-related talks.

A Pakistani delegation on Thursday left for India to discuss a draft agreement on the proposed Kartarpur Corridor that will facilitate the visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. 

India and Pakistan last year agreed to open a special border crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur - the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev - to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India's Gurdaspur district. This would be their first meeting to finalise the modalities of the proposed cross-border Kartarpur Corridor.

The meeting was held on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border and an Indian delegation would visit across the border to Islamabad on March 28 for the follow-up meeting. 

The Pakistani delegation is being led by Director General South Asia and SAARC, Muhammad Faisal, who is also the spokesperson of the foreign ministry. 

In brief interaction with the media, Faisal said that Pakistan gave a lot of importance to the rights of minorities. He also said that the reduction in tensions between Pakistan and India was important for the regional peace. 

A session of technical experts of Pakistan and India will also be held at Attari simultaneously. Experts will discuss the issues relating to the corridor, its construction, road and other technicalities.

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