Kartarpur corridor pact signing by India-Pak deferred by a day
The signing of the agreement to operationalize the Kartarpur corridor by India and Pakistan has been deferred by a day and would now be sealed on Thursday. The delay occurred due to the negotiations regarding the $20 service charge levied by Pakistan on each Indian pilgrim. The Indian government was opposed to this service charge and had asked Pakistan to take it back, but it refused to do so.
The corridor connects the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Punjab with the Gurudwara at Narowal district in Pakistan’s Punjab province which is just four kilometres away from the Line of Control (LoC).
The Ministry of External Affairs on Monday stated that the pact will be signed by a joint secretary-level officer in the Union Home Ministry who will meet Pakistan officials at zero points near the corridor site.
Once the pact is signed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally inaugurate the Kartarpur Corridor on November 9th and see-off the first batch of pilgrims to the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan’s Punjab Province to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. About 5,000 pilgrims are expected to visit the shrine every day.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has invited Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia to join other Pakistan diplomats to visit the LoC to inspect the ground situation.