Pakistan, India hold second round of Kartarpur corridor talks

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LAHORE: Pakistan and India officials begin the second round of talks on the Kartarpur Corridor at Wagah today (Sunday).

Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal is leading the Pakistani delegation in talks.

The Indian delegation for the talks is led by the Joint Secretary (Foreigners) Ministry of Home Affairs, Anil Malik.

The meeting comes a day after Pakistan removed pro-Khalistan leader Gopal Singh Chawla from its committee that is involved in talks with India.

Two sides discuss the draft agreement for finalizing the modalities of Kartarpur corridor.

India is expected to raise several issues including infrastructure and safety of the pilgrims in this meeting, scheduled at 9:30 am at Wagah, NDTV reported.

India is constructing a bridge on the zero line of the Kartarpur Corridor to provide all-weather connectivity.

India is reportedly concerned about the construction of a causeway by Pakistan. According to Indian officials, the causeway would act as a barrier, directing more flood water towards India.

“Flooding of the area is our prime concern. We have urged Pakistan to build a bridge – like we are building – on their side too as it would help to provide safe movement of the pilgrims and prevent flooding of Indian areas during monsoon when the Ravi river overflows,” a senior Home Ministry official said on Friday, requesting not to be named.