Kartarpur Corridor Talks: India Asks Pakistan to Grant Visa-Free Entry to 5,000 Indian Pilgrims Per Day; Next Meeting on April 2
India and Pakistan held dialogue on the Kartarpur Corridor (Photo Credits: Twitter/@MEAIndia)

Amritsar, March 14: The first meeting on the Kartarpur Corridor to finalise the modalities for setting up the corridor was held on Thursday at Attari-Wagah Border on the Indian side. In the meeting, both the countries agreed to work towards expeditiously operationalising the corridor. At a press conference, Indian officials said that they had asked Pakistan to allow 5000 pilgrims to visit the Kartarpur Gurdwara every day and the shrine should be open for Indian pilgrims. The next meeting will be held at Wagah on April 2, 2019. Kartarpur Corridor: India To Construct Passenger Terminal Building To Facilitate 5,000 Pilgrims Daily.

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Before the April 2 meeting, there will also be a meeting of the technical experts on March 19, 2019, at the proposed zero points to finalise the alignment. “Both sides held detailed and constructive discussions on various aspects and provisions of the proposed agreement and agreed to work towards expeditiously operationalising the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor,” the joint statement said. The meeting was held in the wake of rising tension between both the countries due to the February 14 Pulwama attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were martyred.

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Meanwhile, a day before the meeting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday met Khalistani separatist and chief of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) Gopal Singh Chawla. Last year in April, photographs surfaced in which Chawla could be seen with Jammat-Ud Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed.