New Delhi: The talks on Kartarpur Corridor between India and Pakistan have been put on hold after the former sought a clarification from the latter on the inclusion of controversial names such as Gopal Chawla who is associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Bishen Singh in Pakistan’s 10-member committee set up three days back.
Reacting to the Kartarpur corridor issue, the government sources stated, “There can’t be any let up in security. India hopes Pakistan will address security concerns. Once the security aspect is cleared and we get a satisfactory response we are open and keen to take the discussion forward and conclude in a meaningful way.”
India has reportedly made key proposals in the Kartarpur corridor which includes more than 5000 pilgrims visiting the place on a daily basis and as many as 15,000 pilgrims on special days. Notably, the corridor will be open for everyone irrespective of their religion, said the sources. The government sources added that the corridor will be made available for Overseas Citizenship (OCI) card holders to which Pakistan did not agree. Moreover, India has asked that the corridor be open on all 7 days of a week.
According to government sources, “India made it amply clear the Kartarpur Corridor should not be used for anti-India activities including secessionist activities or propaganda. India wants pilgrims to travel safe and in a secure manner.”
As per the reports on March 15, Pakistan has laid down certain conditions regarding the corridor to the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara. A day after discussions between India and Pakistan over the Kartarpur Sikh Corridor, a leading daily quoted sources at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as saying that the actual offer made by Pakistan has turned out to be “farcical”. They said, “There is a sea of difference between what Pakistan, including Prime Minister Imran Khan, had announced and what they offered at Attari.”
The foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district was laid on November 26, 2018, by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of the corridor in Narowal, 125 km from Lahore, two days later.
(With agency inputs)