India ready for talks with Pakistan on Kartarpur

India ready for talks with Pakistan on Kartarpur

Agency News

New Delhi, Mar 6 : India on Wednesday confirmed that the first meeting between India and Pakistan to discuss and finalise the modalities for Kartarpur Corridor would be held at Attari-Wagah of Indian side on March 14.

"India has also proposed that a technical level discussion on the alignment of the corridor be held on the same day on the sidelines of this meeting," an official statement said here.

This has been announced "in keeping with" the government's decision to operationalise the Kartarpur Corridor on the occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji and meet the long pending public demand to have easy and smooth access to the holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib, the statement said.

In fact, India's acting High Commissioner to Pakistan Gaurav Ahluwalia was called to the Pak Foreign Ministry by its Director General South Asia and SAARC Mohammad Faisal and Islamabad's decision was conveyed that the Pakistani delegation would visit India on March 14 for the talks on draft paper for an agreement on Kartarpur Corridor.

Last week amid height of tension between India and Pakistan, the Indian Government had made it clear that the proposed meeting on Kartarpur corridor between officials from Foreign Ministries in both countries was "not cancelled".

They (Pakistanis) are welcome if they come - as per old schedule - has been the refrain taken by one Indian official.