India,Pakistan officials to meet at Wagah for talks on Kartarpur

  1. Indian and Pakistani officials will meet at Wagah border to hold discussions on the Kartarpur corridor.
  2. The discussion would happen on the modalities for movement of pilgrims and resolve outstanding technical issues related to alignment and infrastructure along the corridor.
  3. India will raise concerns such as (a)the numbers of pilgrims to be allowed daily (b)the paper-work required and (c)building of a bridge over a flood-prone creek.
  4. Further,India’s objections to inclusion of a Khalistani separatist in a committee set up by Pakistan on the project will also be raised at the meeting.
  5. The Kartarpur Corridor is a 4km long proposed corridor comprising border gates,road and a bridge to link Dera Baba Nanak gurdwara in Gurdaspur district in India to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan.It is aimed at allowing the easy movement of Sikh pilgrims to the Kartarpur gurdwara.
  6. The gurdwara in Kartarpur stands on the bank of River Ravi,about 120 km northeast of Lahore.It is revered as Guru Nanak’s final resting place.
  7. India wants the corridor to be ready in time for pilgrims to visit Kartarpur to celebrate Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary in November,2019.