Kartarpur Corridor meet: Khalistan concerns cast its shadow over Kartarpur talks while delegates from India and Pakistan are holding the first high-level bilateral meeting to finalise the modalities for setting up the Kartarpur Corridor. Indian delegation arrived at the integrated check post at Attari-Wagah Border and met their Pakistani counterparts for discussions today. However, just a day before India-Pakistan meeting at Wagah on Kartarpur corridor, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’ s courtesy visit to Jaish chief Masood Azhar’s aide Gopal Singh Chawla has put a question mark on the country’s intention. It seems, Pakistan is using its old tactics against India.
The daylong meeting on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border was led by senior officials from both sides. The talks are being held amid heightened tensions between the two countries post-Pulwama terror attack and Pakistan’s inaction against terrorist Masood Azhar.
Here are the Highlights:
Mehbooba Mufti On Kartarpur Corridor
The former Jammu and Kashmir CM said the state has to suffer because of India-Pakistan tensions. Kartarpur corridor will be opened but Rawalakot route is closed, sometimes they close Uri route. She added Attari-Wagah border stays open, Kartarpur corridor will open but Jammu & Kashmir suffers whenever there is tension between India and Pakistan.
India presses for 5000 pilgrims' visit per day including people of Indian origin
MHA joint secretary SCL Das said India pressed on the need for arranging the visit of at least 5000 pilgrims per day, to begin with, in phase 1 of the project. This should include not only Indian nationals but people of Indian origin as well.
Kartarpur Corridor: Talks between delegates of India and Pakistan begins
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said talks between delegates of India and Pakistan to discuss and finalise the modalities for the Kartarpur Corridor have begun. The recent development will help Indian pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur.
India to demand visa-free travel for Indian devotees to Pakistan
To ensure hassle-free travel of Indian pilgrims to Pakistan, Indian officials are likely to request Pakistan to allow Indian pilgrims to visit gurdwaras in Pakistan without any passport and visa: Reports
Kartarpur Corridor: PTB complex to be built at a cost of Rs 190 crores
India has approved the building of a passenger terminal building (PTB complex) which will have the capacity to handle immigration and customs clearance facilities for 5000 pilgrims per day. Reports said India has shared the crossing point for the corridor but Pakistan has suggested an alternate crossing point. The PTB complex, which will be built at a cost of Rs 190 crores, has been inspired by “Khanda” (the symbol of Sikhism).
Mohammad Faisal leads Pakistan delegation
The Pakistan delegation is being led by Mohammad Faisal, Director-General (South Asia) at the Foreign Ministry and include officials from Pakistan’s Interior, Law and Religious Affairs Ministry.
Anil Malik leads Indian delegation
The Indian delegation includes officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The delegation is being led by Anil Malik, Joint Secretary (Foreigners) MHA, and include Deepak Mittal, Joint Secretary (Pakistan) in the MEA.
First meeting between India and Pakistan after Pulwama terrorist attack
This is the first meeting between the officials of India and Pakistan to decide on the details of Kartarpur corridor amid heightened tensions between the two countries post-Pulwama terrorist attack.