New Delhi, July 14: The Indian delegation on Sunday arrived at the Wagah border in Pakistan, to hold bilateral meeting with their Pakistani counterparts on Kartarpur Corridor. Officials from both the nations- India and Pakistan met to finalise the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor and related technical issues. Dr Mohammad Faisal, Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan, at Wagah in Pakistan was quoted by ANI saying that Pakistan is fully committed & cooperating to operationalise Kartarpur Corridor Talks: India Wants Pakistan to Construct Bridge Over Creek Area Instead of Causeway.. "More than 70% of Gurdwara's construction work is completed. We hope to have productive discussion today", Faisal informed.
The Indian delegation who arrived at Wagah earlier today is led by SCL Das, Joint Secretary (Internal Security) in Ministry of Home Affairs and Deepak Mittal, Joint Secretary (PAI--Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran) in Ministry of External Affairs.
According to reports, just a day ahead of the meeting, Pakistan reconstituted its Sikh Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) list. The authorities dropped Khalistani leader Gopal Singh Chawla from the list, allaying concerns that India had raised earlier. India and Pakistan were slated to meet on April 2 in Pakistan for the second round of talks, which was postponed after reports surfaced about the appointment of "controversial elements" by Pakistan in a committee associated with the corridor.
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The Kartarpur route along the India-Pakistan border is three kilometres away from Gurdaspur in Punjab. Once the corridor is opened, it would allow Sikh pilgrims direct access to the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan, where Guru Nanak Dev passed away in 1539. If sources are to be believed, the work on the corridor is expected to be completed by October 31, way before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.