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New Delhi proposes third round of India-Pakistan talks on Kartarpur 

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

WION Moscow/Islamabad Aug 29, 2019, 09.34 PM (IST) Written By: Anas Mallick , Sidhant Sibal

India has proposed a meeting between Indian and Pakistan's officials in the first week of September at Attari on the Indian side to discuss Kartarpur Corridor. If Pakistan agrees, this will be the third such meet, the first was held in March while the second took place in July.

The meeting will focus on finalising the agreement on the modalities for the Kartarpur corridor and will follow a technical-level meeting to finalise the alignment of the temporary road, as agreed by Pakistan in July for the corridor. 

During the second round of talks between India and Pakistan, that took place on July 14, Islamabad agreed to construct a bridge over the old Ravi creek that will allow all-weather pilgrimage to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib throughout the year.

Another focus point will be the modalities on the exchange of information about using the corridor and modalities to deal with the emergencies such as medical cases, during the operation of the corridor.

The development comes ahead of the fourth round of technical meet on Kartarpur that will happen on the 30th of this month at the 'zero-point' on India, Pakistan border in Punjab. 

Pakistan, despite stated commitments, was delaying its confirmation on the meet which India had proposed in the first week of August. Despite repeated reminders, it took almost one month for Pakistan to decide on the meeting.

Work is on in full swing on the Indian side of the Kartarpur corridor with Indian officials monitoring daily progress. India is building a 4-lane highway and a passenger bus terminal.

Both the sides are keen to open the corridor, which was agreed upon last year ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji in November 2019.

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The meeting will focus on finalising the agreement on the modalities for the Kartarpur corridor and will follow a technical-level meeting to finalise the alignment of the temporary road.