Kartarpur corridor: Pakistani delegation leaves for India 


LAHORE: Pakistani delegation Thursday left for India for talks  on the draft agreement of Kartarpur corridor between the two countries.
Director General South Asia and SAARC Dr Muhammad Faisal is leading the Pakistani delegation, which also comprises members of a technical team that will hold a meeting on the sidelines. The delegation will leave for India via Wagha Border.
Talking to newsmen at Wagah border before leaving for India, Dr Faisal said that they are leaving for India with a positive message.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal, while talking to media persons at Wagah border before leaving for India, expressed his confidence that the dialogue the corridor could be a step forward in the right direction in the current vitiated situation from conflict to cooperation, animosity to peace and enmity to friendship.
Talking about the religious importance of the corridor, the spokesperson told the media that Gurdwara Darbar Sahab was built at a site on the Pakistan side and Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak in India.
“Opening the corridor to allow Sikhs access to their most reverential place of worship has been a longstanding request of the Sikhs. This is also reflective of the importance and primacy that Pakistan gives to all its minorities,” he added.
The experts will discuss issues relating to the corridor, its construction, road, and other technicalities.
The proposal to construct the corridor providing visa-free access to Sikh pilgrims was renewed by Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in August last 2018.
Pakistan has already sent the draft agreement of Kartarpur corridor to India.
A return visit by the Indian delegation will be held in Islamabad on March 28.


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