Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's government has earmarked Rs 100 crore in the federal budget 2019-20 for the development of the Kartarpur corridor.
Lahore: Officials from India and Pakistan would meet in Wagah on Sunday (July 14) to discuss the draft agreement for finalising the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor and related technical issues.
The corridor would connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who would have to obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.
The Foreign Office has said Pakistan was committed to expedite progress on the matter to ensure that the corridor is operationalised in time for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev in November 2019.
Sources in New Delhi said that key issues such as connectivity at Zero Point and the number of pilgrims to be allowed through the Kartarpur corridor would be discussed during the meeting on Sunday (July 14).
They said India would also flag its concerns over the security aspect. India had earlier conveyed its strong concerns to Pakistan over the presence of a leading Khalistani separatist in a committee appointed by Islamabad on the project.
Matters related to the modalities of the corridor, who can use the corridor and its facilities, will be discussed during the meeting.
The first meeting of officials of Pakistan and India to finalise the modalities of the landmark corridor was held in Attari in the shadow of escalating bilateral tensions in March following the Pulwama terror attack by a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed on February 14.
Last November, India and Pakistan 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.
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Last Updated Jul 14, 2019, 3:52 PM IST