On Thursday, the External Affairs Ministry said, India will try to resolve differences relating to Kartarpur corridor with Pakistan when both the country will have a conversation on its implementation on July 14. Raveesh Kumar, the spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs, during a press conference, told the reporters, “There are differences… We will try to resolve the differences in the meeting.”
To decide the modalities, the first meeting for the corridor took place on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border on March 14. However, this time the meeting will take place on the Pakistan side of the Atti-Wagah border on July 14. Pakistan agreed to talk over the issue, after India proposed to Pakistan to hold a fresh round of talks on the Katarpur corridor from July 11-14.
India had previously informed its concern to Pakistan over the presence of a leading Khalistani separatist in a committee appointed by Islamabad on the Kartarpur project. After the exceptional win of PM Modi in the Lok Sabha election, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan sent a congratulatory message to PM Modi and as a reply he suggested Mr. Khan for “early operationalization of the Kartarpur corridor”.
In the previous year, Pakistan agreed to set-up the border-crossing which links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur to Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district. Katarpur is considered to be the final resting place of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak.
On November last year, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district. Just after two days, Pakistani prime minister laid the foundation stone of the corridor in Narowal, around 125 km from Lahore.