Kartarpur Corridor: India says yet to receive draft

Written By: Sidhant Sibal WION
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Jan 21, 2019, 09:04 PM(IST)

Kartarpur gurudwara. (Picture courtesy: Pakistan Foreign Ministry) Photograph:( WION )

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The Pakistani foreign office spokesperson also twitted picture Kartarpur corridor under construction on its side.

Hours after Pakistan said it has sent a draft on Kartarpur corridor to New Delhi, India has said it is yet to receive a draft. Pakistan on Monday issued a press release saying it has shared the draft Agreement between "Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Government of the Republic of India" on Kartarpur with the Government of India through the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. 

Pakistan further said that it has appointed Director-General (South Asia & SAARC) at Pakistan foreign ministry Mohammad Faisal as the focal person on Pakistan's side on Kartarpur corridor and requested India to also "India designate a focal person at its end."

The release further added that the "Government of Pakistan also invited the Government of India" to "urgently" send a "delegation to Islamabad to negotiate and finalize the Agreement. "

The Pakistani foreign office spokesperson also twitted picture Kartarpur corridor under construction on its side.

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Last Thursday during Pakistan's foreign office weekly briefing their spokesperson said they have not received any invite for Indo Pak talks on Kartarpur from India.

The development comes even as a high-level meeting happened at the home ministry a few days ago to discuss the modalities on Kartarpur corridor which was chaired by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and attended by Punjab Chief Secretary, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria, DG BSF R K Mishra and officials from the Road and Transport Ministry. 

India on 22nd November approved the building of Kartarpur Corridor on the Indian side from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur District till the border. The announcement came ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji to be celebrated this year. Pakistan later announced that it will also build a corridor on its side of the border from the holy Gurudwara till the border. 

India's Vice President Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone for the corridor on the Indian side on 26 November 2018 while Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone on 28th November on its side of the border. India was represented by 2 union ministers-- Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Minister of State (IC) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri at the ceremony on Pakistan side.

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