New Delhi: Indian officers met their Pakistani counterpart at Wagah in Pakistan on Sunday morning to finalize the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor and shared worries over individuals or organizations on the opposite facet of the border which might also disrupt or misuse the pilgrimage.
“Concerns concerning individuals or establishments based totally in Pakistan who might also attempt to disrupt the pilgrimage and misuse the possibility to play with the feelings of the pilgrims were shared,” stated a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.
“A dossier become additionally exceeded over to Pakistan aspect to focus on issues in the rely. The Indian delegation has also sought consular presence in Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara on the way to provide help to the pilgrims if required,” the declaration introduced.
The Pakistani officials confident their Indian counterparts that no anti-India interest could be allowed, it read.
The Kartarpur direction along the India-Pakistan border is 3 kilometers far from Gurdaspur in Punjab. Once opened, it would allow Sikh pilgrims direct access to the historical Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan, where Guru Nanak Dev surpassed away in 1539.
Sunday’s assembly additionally reviewed the progress reached in the three rounds of technical meeting that had been held in March, April and May 2019. The two sides advocated the crossing factor or the ‘zero factor’ coordinates that have been agreed to at the technical level.
“Progress become made in finalizing the draft Agreement with reference to the modalities. It was agreed to permit visa-unfastened tour for the Indian passport holders and OCI card holders seven days per week,” the announcement stated.
“Throughout the yr, 5000 pilgrims could be allowed to go to Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in keeping with day. The pilgrims will be allowed to travel as people or in businesses and also on foot,” it said.
The Indian delegation separately asked Pakistan to allow and facilitate ‘Nagar Kirtan’ from Delhi to Nankana Sahib, placed in Punjab province of Pakistan, in July 2019 and however in October and November 2019, that is proposed to be organized with the aid of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), the apex our bodies concerned in organising pilgrims’ visits to Pakistan beneath the 1974 Bilateral protocol.
India also proposed Pakistan to allow 10,000 of its pilgrims to visit Pakistan below the 1974 Protocol at the auspicious event of 550th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev.
On its part, Pakistan highlighted the infrastructural constraints on their aspect and conveyed that they will be capable of accommodating a few of the Indian proposals in a phased way.
In the meeting, both aspects agreed to maintain a channel of conversation and paintings toward finalization of the settlement on Kartarpur Sahib Corridor.
India mentioned that substantial progress has been made to build a kingdom of artwork infrastructure, such as passenger terminal at the Indian facet which could take care of over 15000 pilgrims in an afternoon. This is focused to be completed with the aid of October 31, 2019, the Ministry stated inside the assertion.
The paintings on the four-lane motorway to the crossing point on the International Boundary is progressing satisfactorily and is on schedule. It may be completed through end September 2019, it delivered.
“The technical teams could meet once more to make sure seamless connectivity for the Kartarpur corridor is operational in time so that the pilgrimage can begin in November 2019,” the declaration read.