India, Pakistan to sign Kartarpur Corridor agreement on Thursday

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said on Wednesday that India and Pakistan will sign the Kartarpur Corridor agreement tomorrow (Thursday).

The development comes hours after India backed off from its promise to sign the agreement on Wednesday. A report in The Express Tribune claimed that India was adamant that Islamabad waive off the $20 fee imposed on each pilgrim.

Pakistan had handed over the draft agreement of the Kartarpur Corridor to India on October 11. Islamabad had even agreed to New Delhi’s demand to allow people of other faiths such as Hindus, Christians and Zoroastrians etc to visit Baba Guru Nanak Devji’s shrine.

The agreement states that Pakistan will allow 5,000 pilgrims from India to visit the shrine. India has agreed to provide Pakistan a list of pilgrims that will be crossing over through the corridor 10 days in advance. Pakistan will finalise the list four days before the day of the visit.

In his weekly press briefing, Faisal said that though Pakistan wanted peace with India, it was ready to respond to any aggressive design from New Delhi. He said that the Indian army chief’s statement was ‘irresponsible’ and that the Indian High Commission’s cold shoulder to the LoC visit invitation was disappointing.

“The desperate attempts being resorted to by India to divert international attention from the humanitarian nightmare in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.