Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor: In­dia sub­mits dates for en­gi­neers’ meet

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDIA - Sid­hant Sibal cor­re­spon­[email protected]­dia.net

New Delhi: In­dia has pro­posed the dates Fe­bru­ary 15 and 16 for en­gi­neers to meet for the Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor. The pro­posal has been made for the meet to take place at Zero Point of the Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor or Wagha At­tari.

The meet is to be a one-day event and Pak­istan has been given a choice be­tween the two dates.

In­dia had pro­posed the en­gi­neers’ meet for Fe­bru­ary 7 while ac­cept­ing Pak­istan’s date for an In­dia-Pak­istan of­fi­cials’ meet on March 13.

In a tweet, In­dia’s Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs spokesper­son, Raveesh Ku­mar, said, “For ex­pe­di­tious re­al­i­sa­tion of the Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor, In­dia has also pro­posed tech­ni­cal-level dis­cus­sions be­tween en­gi­neers on both sides with­out wait­ing for a dis­cus­sion on the modal­i­ties.”

He added, “We hope Pak­istan would pos­i­tively re­spond & con­firm co­or­di­nates of cross­ing point as well”

In­dia had ear­lier pro­posed Fe­buary 26 and March 7 for the of­fi­cials’ meet on the cor­ri­dor. Pak­istan re­sponded by sug­gest­ing March 13, which was ac­cepted by In­dia.

In­dia is hop­ing for all le­gal modal­i­ties with Pak­istan to be over within a month. Ear­lier this week, the sec­ond meet on Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor took place at the Home Min­istry, which was chaired by Union Home Sec­re­tary Ra­jiv Gauba and at­tended by Pun­jab Chief Sec­re­tary, In­dian High Com­mis­sioner to Pak­istan Ajay Bis­aria & DG BSF RK Misra. Mean­while, speak­ing to Pak­istani me­dia, Bis­aria termed the Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor as a “cor­ri­dor of faith” that will build trust be­tween the two coun­tries. He said, “I am cer­tain this vi­sion will drive the re­la­tion­ship be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan.”

The devel­op­ment comes even as In­dia and Pak­istan cleared each other’s pend­ing diplo­matic and of­fi­cial visas. The is­sue of visas for air ad­vi­sors was agreed af­ter an in­ter­ven­tion at the high com­mis­sioner-level.

—REUTERS

A man serves food to Sikhs from In­dia in Kar­tarpur, Pak­istan

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