Amritsar, March 14: Indian and Pakistani officials on Thursday held talks at Attari near Amritsar to finalise modalities of the Corridor, that’ll facilitate pilgrims to visit Gurudwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur.
“Commitment to fulfill a dream!” is how Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar referred to the crucial dialogue on Twitter, once the meet kicked off.
The meeting comes exactly a month after the Pulwama terror attack that claimed lives of 40 CRPF troopers.
This is the first time the two countries met after tension escalated between the neighbours.
“Our side pressed on the need for arranging the visit of at least 5000 pilgrims per day to begin with, in the phase 1 of the project. This should include not only Indian nationals but people of Indian origin as well”, after the meeting SCL Das, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs told media
“We’ve strongly urged them to allow, bcos ppl from all over the country&world will be coming for all 7 days throughout the yr without any break, provide for a much higher size of ‘jathhas’ of visiting pilgrims by another 10,000 on special days like Gurupurab,Baisakhi”
The Joint Secretary further stated “We have also emphasised from our side that in the spirit of Kartarpur corridor, it should be absolutely visa free. There should not be any addl encumbrances in the form of any additional documentation or procedures”.
India has made it clear that the meeting was in no way a resumption of a bilateral dialogue.
The holy Shrine is located around 4.5 km from the border near the Dera Baba Nanak town in Gurdaspur district of India’s Punjab, in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province.
The gurdwara has big significance in Sikh religion and history, as the faith’s founder spent 18 years of his life till his death in 1539.