Pakistan, India to hold talks on Kartarpur corridor in Delhi today

Kartarpur Corridor:
Kartarpur Corridor.


The Indian delegation arrived at the integrated check post at Attari-Wagah border today to meet the Pakistan delegation for discussions over the Kartarpur Corridor development which is due to open in November this year. 

 The Indian officials were met by the Pakistani delegation as talks began on Thursday morning. 

 Last year in November, India and Pakistan had agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur - the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev - to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India's Gurdaspur district. 

 Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan's Narowal district across the river Ravi, about four km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. 

India will be building a Passenger Terminal Building (PTB complex) on its side of the border along the Kartarpur corridor. 

The masterplan has been approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The PTB will be able to handle immigration and customs clearance facilities for 5,000 pilgrims every day. 

 The design of the complex has been inspired by "Khanda" - the symbol of Sikhism. The total cost of building the complex will be Rs 190 crores.

 Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh had on November 26 last year laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district. 

 Two days later, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan had laid the foundation stone of the corridor in Narowal, 125 km from Lahore. 

The corridor will facilitate the visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur. 

 The meeting comes amid tensions between India and Pakistan over air strikes at Balakot and the JeM terrorist attack at Pulwama last month.

 On Wednesday, China blocked a vote designating JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist whose terror organization had taken responsibility for the Pulwama terrorist attack. 

The incident further added to the tensions between the two countries.
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