Pakistan, India resume diplomatic talks amid Kashmir tension

Baku, September 4, AZERTAC

Amid heightened tension over Kashmir dispute, Pakistan and India resumed their bilateral talks at the diplomatic level on Wednesday to finalize the agreement on Kartarpur Corridor for the first time since New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s Special Status last month, the Dispatch News Desk (DND) news agency reported.

It was the third round of talks between Pakistani and Indian diplomatic Officials on Kartarpur Corridor, which occurred at Attari border.

It’s pertinent to mention that the Kartarpur Corridor is a proposed border corridor between Pakistan and India which will connect the Sikh Shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib located in Indian Punjab and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib located in Kartarpur, a town in Pakistani Punjab’s Narowal district.

Talking to media representatives after the meeting, the Director General for South Asia and SAARC Dr Mohammad Faisal – who led the Pakistani delegation in the talks – said that the negotiations were held in a cordial atmosphere.

Dr Faisal said that both sides have almost agreed to the draft agreement on the operationalization of Kartarpur Corridor except two or three points. He said that most of the obstacles have been overcome and the Indian side will have to demonstrate political flexibility to address the remaining issues.

Dr Faisal – who is also the Spokesperson of Pakistan Foreign Office – said that Pakistan has invited the Indian side for a final meeting on its side of the border to resolve the remaining sticking points.

The Foreign Office Spokesperson said that an agreement has been reached on 5,000 Sikh Yatrees (visitors). He said that Indian authorities handed over a list of 5,000 Sikh Yatrees to us, and we are ready to facilitate even if more than that Sikhs arrive in Pakistan.

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