First Meeting Between India & Pakistan Over Kartarpur Corridor Today

New Delhi: India and Pakistan will be holding the first meeting on Thursday to finalise the modalities for setting up of the Kartarpur corridor, linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in the akistani town of Kartarpur with Gurdaspur district in Punjab, three months after the two countries agreed on the project.

In the meeting, to be held at the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border, India is likely to press for hassle-free travel of Indian pilgrims to the Pakistani side. New Delhi may also ask Islamabad to insulate the Sikh pilgrims from Khalistan propaganda by separatists.

The Indian delegation will comprise representatives from Union Home Ministry, External Affairs Ministry, BSF, National Highways Authority of India and Punjab government.

The meeting comes amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan after India’s air strike at Balakot post the deadly Pulwama attack.

On November 26 last year, Indian Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in Guirdaspur district of Pakistan.

Similarly, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had laid the foundation stone of the corridor at Narowal, 125 km away from Lahore.

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