De-escalation: Kartarpur corridor talks to be held on March 14

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ISLAMABAD: India and Pakistan will hold talks on approving the Kartarpur corridor agreement on March 14. The announcement came a day after Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said that a Pakistani delegation would meet its Indian counterparts to discuss the Kartarpur corridor initiative.

India announced that the meeting would take place at the Wagah-Attari border between the two sides who are expected to finalize the draft agreement for the Kartarpur corridor.

The Kartarpur corridor will link Baba Nanak village in Punjab to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal in Pakistan. The meeting heralds special importance as it comes at a time when both Pakistan and India are on the brink of an escalating conflict.

After the Pulwama attack on February 14, 2019, India blamed Pakistan for harbouring militants who killed 40 CRPF personnel. Pakistan denied the accusations and warned New Delhi from carrying out any attack against it.

On February 6, IAF jets intruded Pakistani airspace and dropped their payload, injuring one person in Balakot. Pakistan responded the next day by carrying out strikes in India, downing an Indian MiG Bison aircraft and capturing IAF pilot Abhinandan Varnathan.

India’s Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has sought visa-free entry to the gurdwara, khulle-darshan for all irrespective of their faith, and multiple entries for the devotees.

Both sides plan to open the corridor on the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in 2019.