WION New Delhi, Delhi, India
Feb 04, 2019, 09.10 PM
The second meeting on the Kartarpur corridor will take place at the Home Ministry in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The meeting will be chaired by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba with Punjab Chief Secretary and Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria, in attendance. The first meeting on the corridor took place on January 15.
On November 22, 2018, India shared the coordinates of the Zero Point (crossing point) of the corridor along the International Border with Pakistan. New Delhi has also invited a Pakistani delegation to India to discuss and finalise the modalities of the corridor and has suggested two sets of dates -- February 26 and March 7, 2019. Pakistan has not responded yet.
The Kartarpur Gurudwara is located in Pakistan at the site where the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, is believed to have lived for 18 years.
Last year, India approved the building of the corridor on the Indian side so that pilgrims can easily visit the holy site to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev this year. Pakistan later announced that it will also build a corridor on its side of the border from the Gurudwara till the International Border.
India's Vice President Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone for the corridor on the Indian side on November 26, 2018. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone in Pakistan on November 28, 2018.
The meeting will be chaired by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba with Punjab Chief Secretary and Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria in attendance.