Kartarpur Corridor Project Back On Track As Indian, Pakistani Delegates Set To Meet

Pakistan has accepted India’s proposal for a technical meeting on the Kartarpur Corridor Project to be held on April 16. The Kartarpur Corridor Project has been the ray of hope between India and Pakistan amidst the deteriorating situation between two nuclear-armed neighbours.

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“Continuing with #Pakistan’s spirit of constructive engagement, we have agreed to the Indian proposal for a technical meeting on 16 April. We expect positivity from #India so that the corridor becomes a reality for 550th celebrations. #PakistanKartarpurSpirit,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal tweeted.

On March 29, Dr Faisal had announced via Twitter that India had postponed the scheduled Kartarpur Corridor meeting between the two sides at Wagah border on April 2.

During the first meeting on March 14, New Delhi had decided not to grant visas to Pakistani journalists to cover the event. On March 19, Pakistan and India held a technical meeting at the designated zero point to discuss the plan for the Kartarpur corridor project.

During the meeting, the technical experts indicated areas related to the corridor. Both sides set up border fencing around the Kartarpur corridor. The Kartarpur Corridor connects Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Narowal district with Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Gurdaspur.

Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province holds religious significance for the Sikh community. It is where Baba Guru Nanak settled down after his travels as a missionary. He lived there for 18 years until his death in 1539.

Pakistan will build the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab’s Gurdaspur district up to the border will be constructed by India.

In November last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan had laid the foundation stone for the corridor. Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, Indian Minister for Food Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Indian Minister for Housing Hardeep S Puri had attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

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