Kartarpur Corridor: India finally yields to Pak demands

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A day after Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi declared the inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor on November 9, New Delhi Monday declared it was prepared to signal the Kartarpur Corridor arrangement on October 23 — three months before the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Sahib.

The statement out of Delhi comes when Pakistan has encouraged Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia to combine additional Islamabad-based diplomats to see the Line of Control and realize the floor position there. The tour [of diplomats] was organized by the Pakistan Army and the Foreign Office. While Pakistan neither responded nor made that the while registering the Kartarpur Corridor arrangement, it’s known like the encounters that the arrangement will be signed at the Zero Point of Wagah border or the Kartarpur border.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the centre as building work has entered the last stage, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf celebration declared on Sunday on its own Twitter handle. “Pakistan is all set to open its doors to Sikhs from all across the globe,” that the PM wrote. The ministry said that the Kartarpur Corridor will be a Significant spiritual hub for the Sikh community.” Despite low in relations, the inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor was just one problem in which the two sides guaranteed there would be no delay and cooperated.

One in registering the agreement of the points was that the hesitation of the Indian government to make it compulsory for Sikh pilgrims. Pakistan handed the draft of the planned arrangement around to India on October 11 and accepted New Delhi’s need to permit devotees of different faiths — Hindus, Christians, Zoroastrians etc to go to Baba Guru Nanak Devji’s final resting place.

New Delhi on Monday claimed its reservations regarding the per pilgrim fee suggested by Pakistan. “[The Indian] Government has consistently urged Pakistan that in deference to the wishes of the pilgrims, it should not levy such a fee,” browse the MEA announcement.

India urged Pakistan to rethink”its insistence to levy service fee on pilgrims” and stated it’d be”ready to amend the agreement accordingly at any time.” In an announcement on Monday, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said New Delhi chose efforts to”put in place the state of art infrastructure” and start the corridor for Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

Under the arrangement, at least 5,000 pilgrims will be permitted to go to the site daily. India will discuss the record of pilgrims 10 times beforehand and Pakistan will confirm and finalise it four times.

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