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Pak showed 'narrow' view on Kartarpur corridor during talks: Official sources

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

During the talks with a Pakistani delegation on corridor on Thursday, found that the neighbouring country has a very "narrow" and "limited focus" on the project contrary to perception that has a very generous approach towards it, official sources said.

They said wanted to introduce a permit system coupled with a fee for pilgrims wanting to take the corridor to visit Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistani town of

Indian and Pakistani officials held their first meeting on the corridor at Attari on Thursday to finalise the modalities for the corridor linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib with district in

Serious differences between the two sides emerged including on the number of Indian pilgrims who should be allowed to visit the Gurudwara -- the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder

"We found that a permit system as well as fees are being introduced for the pilgrims to use the corridor which is in contrast to Pakistan's perceived generosity on the project," a source said.

Last November, and agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in to in India's district. Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan's district across the river Ravi, about four km from the

The sources said was also concerned over plans by some Sikh groups in the US, and to organise a convention in to draw support for "referendum 2020 under which they are seeking support for a separate Khalistan.

They said is conveying to the countries, where pro-Khalistani activities are taking place, that talking about separatism in another country will tantamount to interference in internal matters of India.

They said India is of the view that the noise being made by a small group of people does not represent the views of the Sikh community and that people agitating for referendum are not citizens of India.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 20:10 IST
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