Pakistan regrets India’s decision to postpone Kartarpur meeting

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan regretted India’s decision to postpone the Kartarpur corridor meeting that both sides had agreed to set on April 2, said the foreign office, on Friday.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement a few hours after Pakistan said that it would invite Indian journalists to the Kartarpur corridor talks between the two sides.

“The meeting was to discuss and find consensus on outstanding issues,” tweeted Dr Mohammad Faisal, Spokesperson of the Foreign Office.”Last minute postponement without seeking views from Pakistan and especially after the productive technical meeting on March 19 is incomprehensible.”

The response from the foreign office spokesperson came a few hours after India said that it had sought clarifications from Pakistan about key proposals the two sides had discussed during their last meeting in Attari about modalities of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor.

The Indian External Affairs Ministry said in the press release that a n ‘appropriate time’ would be can be selected to hold a meeting on the corridor’s modalities after talking to Pakistan.

“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.”

Pakistan announced on Thursday that the federal cabinet had constituted a 10-member Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) whose purpose would be to facilitate Sikh pilgrims after the corridor became functional.