LAHORE : Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal on Sunday stated that Pakistan and India made headway within the second spherical of Kartarpur talks held on the Wagah border in Lahore.
“The 2 nations have reached consensus on 80 per cent points concerning the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor whereas the remainder of points shall be addressed within the upcoming talks,” stated Dr Faisal in a press briefing after the talks.
He additional stated that the small print of the assembly shall be made public after the settlement has been finalised.
The goal behind opening the corridor is establishing peace and bettering ties between the 2 bordering nations, he added.
The Pakistani delegation was headed by FO Spokesperson Dr Faisal, who can be the Director General for South Asia and South Asian Affiliation for Regional Cooperation whereas New Delhi’s delegation was headed by Indian Foreign Affairs Joint Secretary Anil Malik.
Pakistan additionally issued visas to Indian journalists to cowl the occasion.
As per the agenda, the 2 sides mentioned the draft settlement for finalising the modalities of the Kartarpur Corridor. A press release issued by the FO earlier stated that 70 per cent of the development work on the Pakistani aspect of the Kartarpur Corridor had been accomplished.
Dr Faisal added that Pakistan is totally dedicated to operationalising the Kartarpur Hall earlier than the 550th beginning anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) July 14, 2019
Officers will talk about the progress of the event work on the challenge on each side of the border in the course of the high-level moot.
The process for the entry of Indian Sikh pilgrims, their forex restrict, transportation, medical emergency amenities and period of keep at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib will likely be finalised.
The primary spherical of talks between the 2 nuclear-armed arch-rivals was held on March 14 this 12 months at India’s Attari border. It was determined that the second spherical will happen at Wagah border on April 2 however India had refused to take part within the assembly.
Nevertheless, the second spherical is now being held on India’s request.
India had earlier pulled out of the talks expressing reservations over the inclusion of Gopal Chawla and Bisan Singh within the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee — assigned the duty of facilitating the pilgrims — accusing them of being pro-Khalistan activists.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Spiritual Affairs and Interfaith Concord notified an amended record of committee members on Saturday. The 13 members of the newly notified committee embrace 4 from Punjab, three from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, two from Sindh and one from Balochistan.
In line with the notification, the chairman of the Evacuee Belief Property Board (ETPB) would be the convener of the committee. The ETPB joint and extra secretaries of shrines have additionally been included within the body.
The committee consists of Sardar Ravinder Singh, Sardar Andar Jeet Singh, Dr Mampal Singh and Sardar Ameer Singh from Punjab; Sardar Baba Harmeet Singh, Sardar Sarbat Singh and Sardar Satwant Singh from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; Dr Sagarjeet Singh and Sardar Wikash Singh Khalisa from Sindh and Sardar Sagar Singh from Balochistan.