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Second Meeting between Pakistan and India on Kartarpur Corridor held

July 15, 2019

Islamabad,
July 15, 2019 (PPI-OT): The second meeting to discuss the modalities and the
draft Agreement for facilitation of pilgrims to visit Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib
using the Kartarpur Corridor was held today at Wagah, Pakistan in a cordial
environment. The Pakistan delegation was led by Dr. Mohammad Faisal, DG (SA and
SAARC) of Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Indian delegation was led
by Mr. S.C.L. Das, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The
meeting built up on the discussion from the first meeting held in Atari, India
on 14 March 2019. Both sides had in-depth and productive discussions on the
proposed draft agreement and agreed to expeditiously finalize the modalities
for operationalizing the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor in time for the 550th
anniversary celebrations.

In line
with Prime Minister Khan’s commitment to operationalize the corridor for the
550th anniversary and spirit of constructive engagement, taking into account
the sentiments of the Sikh community, Pakistan has decided to allow 5000
pilgrims per day (to be increased as capacity allows) throughout the year
except for closure on administrative or other basis which will be informed in
advance. To further facilitate the Pilgrims, Pakistan is building walkways to
permit travel by foot from the start. Pilgrims may travel individually or in
groups, preferably of 15 people each.

The
technical experts of both sides also discussed technical details of the
corridor, including the alignment and other details of the proposed corridor.
Pakistan agreed to the Indian request to construct a bridge in the second phase
after the 550 anniversary celebrations. The bridge will be constructed in phase
2 due to time constraints with a creek pathway constructed in the interim period.
The Pakistan delegation planted a sapling to commemorate the spirit of
cooperation and friendship of Pakistan’s Kartarpur Initiative.

For more information, contact:

Spokesman

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Government of Pakistan

Tell: +92-51-9205494

Fax: +92-51-9204202

Cell: +92-336-5644459

Website: www.mofa.gov.pk

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