Amid tension, India says talks with Pakistan on Kartarpur corridor still on

New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Mar 01, 2019, 11:56 AM(IST)

Beating the Retreat at Wagah Border Photograph:( Reuters )

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The talks are scheduled to take place on March 14. 

India has confirmed that the meeting between Indian, Pak officials to decide on the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor is still on. Speaking to WION, a source said, "It concerns the sentiments of a community... we welcome Pakistani delegation for the talks".

The talks will take place on March 14. India has already shared the crossing point for the corridor but Pakistan has suggested an alternate crossing point.

India has already issued a notification for the building of a highway and an integrated check post for the corridor on the Indian side. Dera Baba Nanak land check post in Gurdaspur district of Punjab is the authorized immigration check post for entry into/exit from the Indian side for the holy site.

In November 2018, India, Pakistan approved the building of the Kartarpur corridor for pilgrims to easily visit the Gurudwara, where the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak lived for 18 years. This year marks the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

While Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria termed the Kartarpur corridor as a "corridor of faith" that will build trust between the two countries, Pakistan High Commissioner to New Delhi Sohail Mahmood said the initiative can be instrumental in "facilitating and fortifying" people-to-people bonds. 

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