Pak-India talks on Kartarpur corridor held in positive atmosphere: FO spokesman


LAHORE: The first round of talks between Pakistani and India on the draft agreement of Kartarpur corridor held at Attari on Thursday.
Talking to newsmen after meeting at Wagah border, Director General South Asia and SAARC and spokesman for the Foreign Office, Dr Muhammad Faisal, said that the talks were in a very cordial atmosphere. Dr Faisal was leading the Pakistani delegation. He said that the Indian delegation was led by SCI Das, joint secretary at Indian foreign ministry.
He said that there were some differences between the two countries, which would be sort out during next meeting. He refused to reveal the differences. He said that the next meeting would be held on April 2 at Wagah. He said that the corridor would be visa free. He said that technical meeting before next round of talks would be held on March 19 at proposed zero points.
Earlier, 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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