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Pakistan yet to respond to India's request for another round of talks on Kartarpur corridor

Kartarpur corridor PTB complex. Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 10, 2019, 08.02 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

Pakistan is yet to respond to Indian request to for another round of technical talks on Kartarpur Corridor. WION last week reported that New Delhi had requested for the meeting in August first week, for which, according to a source, a reminder has also been issued.

If the talks take place, on the table would be Pakistan build a service road, provision to help pilgrims if an emergency arises till the time bridge on Ravi river is constructed and a mechanism to share details of pilgrims.

"India hopes that Pakistan would respond expeditiously on these proposals in order to operationalise the Kartarpur Corridor in time for the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev," the source added.

If the talks come to fruition, this will be the fourth round of technical talks between the two countries in 2019. So far, three rounds of meetings have taken place in March, April and May, 2019 between the two countries during which both sides endorsed the crossing point coordinates.

"India had also shared proposals for finalising the agreement on the modalities to operationalise the Kartarpur Corridor," another source added.

Though Pakistan has cut diplomatic and trade ties with India after New Delhi removed special status accorded to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Islamabad has assured that it remains committed to Kartarpur corridor.

"Kartarpur initiative will continue," Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced earlier this week.

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

Both sides are keen to open the corridor ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji in November 2019. Work is on in full swing on the Indian side with 50 per cent of the work being completed. 

India is building a four-lane highway and passenger bus terminal. 

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If the talks come to fruition, this will be the fourth round of technical talks between the two countries in 2019. So far, three rounds of meetings have taken place in March, April and May, 2019 between the two countries during which both sides endorsed the crossing point coordinates.