Kartarpur talks begin, 18-member Pakistan delegation arrives in India

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 14, 2019 14:30 hrs

[India], March 14 (ANI): Talks have begun between India and Pakistan to discuss and finalise the modalities for the Kartarpur Corridor here on Thursday.

An eighteen-member Pakistani delegation arrived in India on Thursday.

Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan to India, Syed Haider Shah on Wednesday had said the two neighbouring nations will discuss the visa-free access to the corridor.

The Indian delegation is scheduled to visit Islamabad on March 28, according to Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Amid the heightened tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad, India said that talks on the Kartarpur Corridor are in no way a resumption of bilateral dialogue with Pakistan.

"It (Kartarpur Corridor talks) is not a resumption of any bilateral dialogue. It is related to the emotions and sentiments of Indian citizens of Sikh faith and our decision to meet (Pakistan) reflects our strong commitment to operationalise the Kartarpur Sahib corridor on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji and also to meet the long-pending demand of Indian citizens of Sikh faith to have easy and smooth access to the holy gurudwara, Kartarpur Sahib," Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar stated at a media briefing last week.