Experts from India and Pakistan will meet on Sunday at the Wagah border to discuss the draft agreement for finalising the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor and the issues on table are- who all can visit corridor, how pilgrims will move and access corridor and discussions on permits or visa free access for pilgrims .
Indian government is keen to complete the construction of Kartarpur Corridor on both sides by 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
Pakistan has proposed July 14 for the second round of talks with India to discuss the draft agreement, which was accepted by New Delhi.
India is looking forward with high expectations and is creating all-weather facility to cater to 10,000 pilgrims on special occasions and 5000 pilgrims daily.
“We are hopeful that the work on the Kartarpur corridor will be completed in time. The reports which say that we’re slow in terms of finishing our projects are wrong,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said .
The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.
The Indian delegation will come to Pakistan for the talks to be held at Wagah,” Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said at his weekly news briefing.