New Delhi: Even as India said it was yet to receive a draft on Kartarpur Corridor from Pakistan, the country is set on completing its part of the project. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday, “Kartarpur Corridor’s part that lies in India will be completed soon. I reviewed the progress of the project today. I have everybody’s support; I have Punjab government’s support, have no complaints with anyone. We will try to complete it before Pakistan does so.”
This came a day after Pakistan claimed it had sent a draft on Kartarpur Corridor to New Delhi. On Monday issued a press release saying it has shared the draft Agreement between “Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Government of the Republic of India” on Kartarpur with the Government of India through the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.
The neighbouring country added that it had appointed Director-General (South Asia & SAARC) at Pakistan Foreign Ministry, Mohammad Faisal, as the focal person on Pakistan’s side on Kartarpur Corridor and requested India to also “designate a focal person at its end.”
The release added that the “Government of Pakistan also invited the Government of India” to “urgently” send a “delegation to Islamabad to negotiate and finalize the Agreement”.
Faisal also tweeted a picture of the work in progress:
During Pakistan’s foreign office weekly briefing last week, their spokesperson had said they had not received any invite for talks from India.
On November 22 last year, India approved the building of Kartarpur Corridor on the Indian side from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur District till the border. The announcement came ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev to be celebrated this year. Pakistan then announced that it will also build a corridor on its side of the border from the holy Gurudwara till the border.
India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone for the corridor on the Indian side on November 26, 2018, while Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone on November 28 on its side of the border. (With Inputs from Siddhant Sibbal)