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Indo-Pak High Level Talks on Kartarpur on Wednesday, Draft Agreement Related to Opening of Corridor to be Finalised

Meetings between the two countries to be held on September 4 on the Indian side of Wagah Border. The proposed corridor will facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims.

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Updated:September 2, 2019, 4:43 PM IST
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Indo-Pak High Level Talks on Kartarpur on Wednesday, Draft Agreement Related to Opening of Corridor to be Finalised
The under-construction Kartarpur corridor on the Indian side.
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Islamabad: Pakistan and India will hold the next high-level talks on the proposed Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims on Wednesday, according to a media report.

The September 4 meeting would take place on the Indian side of the Wagah Border Attari Border where the two countries are expected to finalise the draft agreement pertaining to opening of the corridor, the Express Tribune reported.

The proposed 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 meeting would take place four days after the technical experts from India and Pakistan held talks on the Kartarpur Corridor, the first such meeting after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status leading to fresh tensions between the two neighbours.

The meeting on Friday lasted for close to two hours and both the sides have said "good progress" on the technical aspects of the proposed Kartarpur Corridor.

During the September 4 meeting, the Pakistani delegation would be led by South Asia and SAARC Director General and Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal, the paper reported.

"The deliberations would start at 10 am. Both countries have agreed that Pakistan would allow 5,000 Sikh visitors per day into the country through the corridor," the paper reported.

The corridor will also be the first visa-free corridor between the two neighbours since their independence in 1947.

Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, the final resting place of Guru Nanak, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak up to the border will be constructed by India.

India is constructing a bridge at the zero point and has urged Pakistan to build a similar bridge on its side that will provide safe and secure movement of pilgrims and address concerns regarding flooding. The bridge is over a creek of which the majority part falls in Pakistan.

Tension between India and Pakistan has escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status. Reacting to India's move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner.

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