New Delhi: A team from Pakistan is scheduled to visit India next month to discuss the modalities on Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for facilitating the visit of pilgrims.
On Thursday, the Ministry of External Affairs shared that India without waiting for discussions on the modalities has proposed technical-level discussions between the engineers from both the countries.
The Ministry of External Affairs took the concern to Twitter and tweeted:
“We welcome the visit of #Pakistan team to discuss and finalise modalities for facilitating the visit of pilgrims through #Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on 13 March 2019 to India. Follow up meeting can be held in Pakistan, as required.
“For the expeditious realisation of #kartarpurcorridor, India has also proposed technical level discussions between engineers on both sides without waiting for the discussion on the modalities. We hope #Pakistan would positively respond & confirm coordinates of crossing point as well,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
A report says that India in the previous month shared the coordinates of the crossing point of the proposed Kartarpur corridor with Pakistan. The Kartarpur corridor will link Baba Nanak village in Punjab to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal in Pakistan, according to the reports.
Pakistan, on the other hand, said that it also shared a draft agreement on the Kartarpur Corridor with India a few weeks back and asked New Delhi to negotiate and finalise the proposal by sending a delegation to Islamabad.
Local sources say that nothing has been finalised from either end and both the countries are scheduled to discuss the modalities of travel of the Indian pilgrims to the Gurudwara.
On November 26 2018, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh along with Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone for the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district.
The Union Cabinet on November 22, came up with the decision to construct the corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to the International Border, said sources.