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Kartarpur corridor: Indian postponement of talks will endanger initiative, says Pakistan

Pakistan has said that the postponement of talks regarding regarding Kartarpur Border by India could endanger the initiative, reported the Express Tribune. 

Senior officials were to meet at Wagha border crossing on April 2 to finalise modalities for the Kartarpur Corridor. However, India sought rescheduling of the meeting after raising concerns on the committee announced by Pakistan to facilitate the Sikh pilgrims.

India on Friday called off the second round of talks on the Kartarpur corridor scheduled in Pakistan next week, seeking clarifications from Pakistan on certain aspects of the corridor, including travel documents to be carried during the visit by Indian pilgrims.

According to India, Dr Faisal said, it had sought postponement to seek clarification on Indian proposals on the modalities of the corridor and its concerns about ‘appointments to a committee to be associated with Kartarpur Corridor”.

The scheduled meeting was being held to discuss areas of divergence with a view to aligning positions and reaching consensus for an expedited operationalisation of the corridor for the upcoming anniversary of Guru Nanak in November this year, he said. adding that postponing the meeting “only endangers Pakistan’s Kartarpur initiative”.

Responding to the Indian concerns, Faisal clarified that the 10-member, purely religious committee referred to by India [the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC)] was not specific to Kartarpur Sahib but was responsible for upkeep of all Sikh Gurdwaras in Pakistan.

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