Pakistan, India to hold third round of Kartarpur talks

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ATTARI: Pakistan India are set to hold the third round of talks on the Kartarpur corridor at Attari border despite heightening tensions between the neighboring countries over Indian annexation of Kashmir, officials say.

This will be the third meeting between two sides aimed at working out modalities for facilitating Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab.

“Arrived in Lahore for 3rd round of talks with India, to be held at Atari, to discuss and finalise the draft agreement on opening of Kartarpur Corridor, which will be held tomorrow. Pakistan remains committed to expedited opening of the corridor,” Dr Faisal tweeted on Tuesday.

The Kartarpur corridor is scheduled to inaugurated by November this year.

The second round of talks were held at Zero Point near Dera Baba Nanak where the two sides shared the progress of the construction work on the corridor

Despite the delays, officials seemed confident that the corridor will be inaugurated in time for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak later this year.

Kartarpur corridor is a proposed border corridor between Pakistan and India, connecting the Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib (located in Punjab, India) and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur (in Punjab, Pakistan).

The corridor is intended to allow Indian Sikh devotees to visit the Gurdwara in Kartarpur, 4.7 kilometres (2.9 miles) from the Pakistan-India border, without a visa.[