Standing strongly against Khalistani separatists on committee, India reschedules Kartarpur meet with Pakistan

As the two countries take forward their talks on Kartarpur, India has suggested a rescheduling of the meet that was about to take place on April 2 at Wagah in Pakistan. The decision was taken after Pakistan appointed Khalistani separatists on a committee associated with the Kartarpur corridor. The rescheduling comes in the backdrop of New Delhi also asking Pakistan to clarify its stand on the proposal it had put forward in the last meet which happened on March 14 at Attari, India.

Calling the Pakistani deputy high commissioner Syed Haider Shah, India informed him about its concerns especially on the security front. A release by the Ministry of External Affairs said India has “shared concerns and sought clarifications on reports that controversial elements have been appointed by Pakistan to a committee to be associated with the Kartarpur Corridor.”

Adding, “It has been conveyed that the next meeting on the modalities can be scheduled at an appropriate time after receiving Pakistan’s response.”

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A well-known Khalistani and close aide of Gopal Singh Chawla has been recently appointed to Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak committee. It is already been conveyed to Pakistan that Kartarpur facility should not be misused for anti-India activities and we want substantive outcomes from the meet and not just for the sake of optics.

While India has proposed that the corridor should be open to Indian citizens and Indian diaspora with 5000 people allowed very day, Pakistan has said that they can allow only 700 people that too only Indian citizens on designated days with a paid permit.

India has proposed another meet of technical level experts to take place in mid-April to resolve outstanding issues on infrastructure development especially on the alignment of the corridor. India in the release also reiterated that it remains committed to “realise the long pending demand of the Indian pilgrims to visit the holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the Corridor in a safe, secure, smooth and easy manner.”

The project is being monitored at the secretary level with 14 crores being transferred to land acquisition authorities and India is hopeful the September 2019 deadline will be completed.


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