Kartarpur Corridor talks: Second round of India-Pakistan official meet on July 14

Reported By: Sidhant Sibal Written By: Anas Mallick , Sidhant Sibal WION
New Delhi/Islamabad Published: Jul 02, 2019, 07.20 PM(IST)

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

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The focus of the upcoming meeting would be to discuss the draft agreement on the corridor which includes the movement of pilgrims, the alignment and the infrastructure along the corridor.

The second India-Pakistan talk on the modalities of the Kartarpur Corridor will take place on July 14 at Wagah, Pakistan.

New Delhi, last week, had proposed to Islamabad any date between July 11 and 14 for the talks.

Remember, the second round of talks was originally expected to happen on April 2 but India had postponed the talks as Pakistan had appointed Khalistani elements on a committee associated with the corridor.

The focus of the upcoming meeting would be to discuss the draft agreement on the corridor which includes the movement of pilgrims, the alignment and the infrastructure along the corridor.

The first round of India-Pakistan official talks on the corridor took place on March  14, 2019, on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border.

India, during the first round of talks, had proposed that the corridor should be open to Indian citizens and Indian diaspora with 5,000 people should be allowed every day. Pakistan, on the other hand, said it can allow only 700 people that too only Indian citizens on designated days with a paid permit. The Indian passport will be proof of the identity of the visitors.

While this is the second round of India-Pakistan official meeting, three rounds of technical-level talks between the officials of both the countries have already happened to discuss issues such as the alignment of the corridor  - both the sides agreed in November last year.

India has already completed 45 per cent of the corridor on its side of the border and is building a 4-lane highway and a passenger bus terminal. 

The deadline for the construction of the entire project is October 2019, just a month ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji in November.

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