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Kartarpur: Indo-Pak talks at Wagah Attari Border!

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WAGAH ATTARI BORDER: In order to figure out the modalities for the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor to facilitate Sikh community, Indo-Pak delegations held talks here today. 

Joint Press Statement

The first meeting to discuss the modalities and the draft agreement for facilitation of pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib using the Kartarpur Corridor was held today at Attari, India in a cordial environment.

The Indian delegation was led by Mr. S.C.L. Das, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Pakistan delegation was led by Dr Mohammad Faisal, DG (SA & SAARC) of Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Both sides held detailed and constructive discussions on various aspects and provisions of the proposed agreement and agreed to work towards expeditiously operationalising the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor.

Both sides also held expert level discussions between the technical experts on the alignment and other details of the proposed corridor.

It was agreed to hold the next meeting at Wagah on 2 April 2019. This will be preceded by a meeting of the technical experts on 19 March 2019 at the proposed zero points to finalize the alignment.

The side attempted to sort out modalities for the opening of the Corridor between Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan and Gurdwara Baba Nanak in India for the 550th Birth Anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak in December this year.

DG South Asia & SAARC Dr. Mohammed Faisal, who led the Pakistani delegation in the talks, said Pakistan was continuing with the spirit of constructive engagement and flexibility. Talking to the Media at Wagah border prior to cross over to Attari, Dr. Faisal said the step was in line with Pakistan’s efforts to de-escalate the situation for regional peace and stability.

 

Dr. Mohammed Faisal expressed hope that the initiative of PM Imran Khan would not only facilitate Sikhs, especially from India but in the current vitiated situation it could be a step forward in the right direction from conflict to cooperation, animosity to peace and enmity to friendship. The next round of talks will take place on the 2nd of April, 2019.

Joint Press Statement

The first meeting to discuss the modalities and the draft agreement for facilitation of pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib using the Kartarpur Corridor was held today at Attari, India in a cordial environment. The Indian delegation was led by Mr. S.C.L. Das, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Pakistan delegation was led by Dr. Mohammad Faisal, DG (SA & SAARC) of Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Both sides held detailed and constructive discussions on various aspects and provisions of the proposed agreement and agreed to work towards expeditiously operationalising the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. Both sides also held expert-level discussions between the technical experts on the alignment and other details of the proposed corridor. It was agreed to hold the next meeting at Wagah on 2 April 2019. This will be preceded by a meeting of the technical experts on 19 March 2019 at the proposed zero points to finalize the alignment. 

Pak delegation snapped just before leaving for India.

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ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan has congratulated Narendra Modi on BJP’s landmark victory via telephone here on Sunday. 

Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed his desire for both countries to work together for the betterment of their peoples.

“Reiterating his vision for peace, progress, and prosperity in Sout Asia, the Prime Minister said he looked forward to working with Prime Minister Modi to advance these objectives,” Spokesman added. 

Incidentally, Hindu Nationalist BJP has ameliorated its position by bagging 303 seats. 

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President Alvi meets Chinese VP Wang Qishan

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi held a meeting with Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan at the Presidency here today. 

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and matters pertaining to mutual interests. Those present on the occasion included among others Foreign Minister and Planning Minister.

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi conferred Nishan-e-Pakistan to visiting Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan in recognition of his services in promoting Pak China relations at an impressive ceremony held at President House today.

The ceremony was attended by Chairman Senate, services chiefs, cabinet members, MNAs, and foreign dignitaries.

Wang Qishan is a great friend of Pakistan and ardent supporter of Pak-China Friendship. He played a pivotal role in spearheading the revolutionary agenda of President Xi Jinping. Nishan-e-Pakistan is the highest civil award that is granted for the highest degree of service to the country and nation of Pakistan.

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