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Kartarpur talks: India, Pakistan officials meet; experts to survey the site

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

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 19, 2019, 03.53 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

A technical meet of India and Pakistan officials happened at the proposed zero point of Kartarpur corridor on Tuesday and it was decided that experts would be doing the survey of the site and will discuss the alignment of the corridor.

Along with this, both sides in future would also hold meetings to discuss the coordinates and engineering aspects of the proposed crossing points. 

Zero point is the point where the Indian side of the corridor and the Pakistani side of the corridor will be meeting. India had shared the coordinates point with Pakistan earlier this year but the Pakistani side gave alternate points.

India and Pakistani engineers and surveyors were also present in the meeting. New Delhi had been seeking this meeting for a long time and had suggested the meet to happen on February 15 but Islamabad had linked the meet with draft agreement.

WION was first to broke the new on February 9 that India had proposed engineers meet on February 15.

The outcomes of Tuesday's site visit would be further discussed at the meeting on April 2 when the second round of talks between Indian and Pakistani officials will take place in Wagha, Pakistan. 

The first round was done on March 14 on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border.

While India has proposed that the corridor should be open to 5000 Indian citizens every day, Pakistan has said that they can allow only 700 people that too only Indian citizens on designated days with a paid permit.

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Along with this, both sides in future would also hold meetings to discuss the coordinates and engineering aspects of the proposed crossing points.