Officials from Pakistan and India on Friday discussed the technical modalities of the Kartarpur corridor for the Sikh pilgrims, the first meeting after New Delhi revoked held Jammu and Kashmir’s special status leading to fresh tensions between the two countries.
Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal confirmed that the talks were held at the border, more commonly known as the ‘Zero Point’, and that “good progress was made during the discussion”.
The technical level talks pertain to the alignment of the corridor and sharing of coordinates of border crossing points and other infrastructure. The two sides would meet shortly for a discussion on the remaining issues, the source said.
The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s town of Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s city of Gurdaspur and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will, then, only have to obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib.
Pakistan is committed to completing and scheduling for inauguration of Kartarpur Sahib corridor, in time for Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary to be celebrated in November this year.