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Kartarpur Corridor: Pakistan offers to send delegation to India on March 13

IANS  |  Islamabad 

on Thursday offered to send a delegation to on March 13 to finalize the draft agreement for the corridor to enable Sikh pilgrims visit the Sahab in its territory.

"In a spirit of constructive engagement has proposed to that the delegation may visit on 13 March followed by the return visit of the Indian delegation to Pakistan on 28 March to finalise the draft agreement for the #corridor," said in a series of tweets.

"We look forward to positive reciprocity from India," he added.

The proposal from Pakistan, which had earlier been seeking talks be held in the country and had pitched for Kartarpur Sahab itself as a site, came after reports that India would will soon send a draft proposal for the corridor.

India, which had last month shared with Pakistan the coordinates of the zero point, also proposed two sets of dates, February 26 and March 7, for the visit of Pakistan delegation to to discuss and finalize the modalities so that Indian pilgrims can visit the using the corridor at the earliest.

The shrine, located about 3km from the international border near the town of in Punjab's district, is highly significant for the Sikh community as it is here that founder spent 18 years of his life and is his final resting place.

On Tuesday, Indian held a high level meeting in to fast-track the implementation of the corridor project.

Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, R.K. Misra, and senior officers of other agencies attended the meeting where they discussed acquisition of land for the highway as well as for the integrated check-post.

The meeting was informed that the preliminary notification for land acquisition for the highway has been issued.

sources said the government has assured that land for both the projects would be made available by mid-March.

Meanwhile, land to start preliminary work would be made available to the and the

The had in November 22, 2018 decided to develop the from to the International Border to facilitate pilgrims' passage to Kartarpur Sahab as part of the 550th birth year celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, later this year.

laid the foundation stone for the corridor on the Indian side on November 26, while Pakistani laid the foundation stone on November 28 on their side of the border, in presence of Indian ministers Hardeep Singh Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal and

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 21:58 IST
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