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Pakistan regrets India’s decision to postpone Kartarpur meeting

Pakistan was set to welcome a meeting between the India and Pakistan on the Kartarpur Corridor, which will be one of the top religious tourism destinations in South Asia.

The Federal Government of Pakistan is also working to construct a motorway between Sialkot International Airport to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur Corridor Complex to cater to international tourist and Sikh traffic.

The Kartarpur Corridor Complex will have an international standard hotel, hundreds of apartments, 2 commercial areas, and 2 car parking areas, a border facility area, a power grid station, a tourist information center, and several offices.

The proposal of opening Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur for Sikhs and constructing a Corridor Complex by connecting Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib (located in Indian Punjab) and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur (Pakistani Punjab) for Sikhs from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib came on surface in the early 90s. Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is located 4.7 kilometers (2.9 miles) inside Pakistan from the Pakistan-India border.

India postponed the upcoming talks with Pakistani officials on the Kartarpur Corridor which was to take place on April 2, as they said they had to discuss and find a consensus on outstanding issues, the Dispatch News Desk (DND) news agency reported.

Meanwhile in a tweet, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal regretted the Indian decision to postpone the upcoming Kartarpur meeting.

Dr. Faisal said that the last-minute postponement by India without seeking views from Pakistan and especially after the productive technical meeting on March 19 was incomprehensible.

The next round of talks on Kartarpur Corridor was to be held at Wagah on April 9 as per the understanding reached by the 2 sides when they met at Wagah-Attari border on March 14 for the first meeting and agreed to work expeditiously towards operationalization of the project.

Earlier in another tweet, Dr. Faisal also welcomed the Indian media for the coverage of the Kartarpur Corridor meeting on April 2 and asked them to approach the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi for visas.

However, the Indian government didn’t reciprocate to Pakistani’s positive gesture and made a unilateral decision to postpone the scheduled meeting.

India did not issue visas to Pakistani journalists for the first round of talks on the Kartarpur Corridor on March 14.

The technical experts of Pakistan and India also met on March 19 at the Zero Point of the Kartarpur Corridor, wherein they discussed the technical details including finished road level and high flood level, etc. The two sides agreed on some technical aspects/ details and expressed the hope to finalize the other modalities at the earliest.

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