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Second India-Pak technical talks on Kartarpur corridor conclude

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

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 16, 2019, 05.41 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

The second technical level talks on the Kartarpur corridor took place on Tuesday at the 'zero point' at Dera Baba Nanak border. Engineers and other officials were present during the meeting. 

India has offered to make a flyover from Darshni Sthal, from where the holy site could be seen from the Indian side, till the 'zero point' where India-Pak corridors meet.

India had proposed Tuesday's meeting to address the outstanding technical issues. Currently, the project is being implemented on the ground with speed.

The first meet took place last month on March 19. During that meeting, which included engineers and surveyors, the survey of the site was done and the alignment of the corridor was also discussed.

Last month, India had postponed the second India-Pakistan official talks on Kartarpur corridor after New Delhi raised concerns over the presence of Khalistanis on Pakistan's committee that will oversee the implementation of the corridor.

The first India-Pak officials' meet took place on March 14. India had then proposed that the corridor should be open to Indian citizens and Indian diaspora with 5,000 people allowed every day. 

Islamabad wasn't keen on the Indian proposal saying they can only allow 700 people, that too only Indian citizens, on designated days with a paid permit.

India has already clarified that the talks do not mean the resumption of a dialogue process. The corridor has been a long-standing demand of Indian citizens of Sikh faith. Pakistan agreed to the demand after India announced last year in November that it will build the corridor.

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Last month, India had postponed the second India-Pakistan official talks on Kartarpur corridor after New Delhi raised concerns over the presence of Khalistanis on Pakistan's committee that will oversee the implementation of the corridor.