ISLAMABAD: Despite all claims, the dialogues between Pakistan and Indian on the Kartarpur Corridor have been ended without preparing a final draft due to disagreement on three points.
According to Abbakk News, both the neighbouring countries failed to create agreement overcharges for Sikh pilgrims. Indian raised objection over the fee of $ 20 imposed by Pakistan for Sikh Yatris but Pakistan has the stance the fee should not be considered as entry fee it will only against the development work and services be rendered for Sikh Yatris.
Islamabad on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to opening the Kartarpur Corridor and urged New Delhi to show flexibility after the third round of talks on the matter.
In a post-meeting press talk with the media at Wagah Border, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said both sides exchanged dossiers on the Kartarpur Corridor expansion.
The two sides have agreed on visa-free travel for Indian pilgrim – in groups and individual, the corridor will be open all year round and 5000 pilgrims per day. The pilgrims will be provided Langar and Prasad. The delegations also decided to build a bridge at Budhi Ravi channel, open a direct line of communication between India’s Border Security Forces (BSF) and Pakistan’s Rangers.
The meeting took place on the Indian side of the Wagah-Attari border to deliberate on the rules and regulations, a number of Sikh pilgrims to be allowed daily, the procedure of entry, building the causeway, visa fees, and other points.
Faisal said Islamabad had taken unprecedented steps to facilitate the Sikh pilgrims. He urged India to show flexibility and leave political rhetoric aside.
“We have agreed on at least 5,000 pilgrims from India but we are open to more. There will be local pilgrims as well as international. We will allow entry to as many as we can under the capacity.”
Another round of delegation-level talks will be held to finalise the agreement.