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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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TOKYO: Stocks opened here higher today, tracking gains on Wall Street due to optimism over US-China trade talks, with investors closely eyeing the US Federal Reserve’s meeting later this week.
The Nikkei 225 index added 0.65 percent, or 139.64 points, to 21,590.49 in early trade, while the broader Topix index climbed 0.43 percent, or 6.82 points, to 1,609.45.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indian troops launch CASOs in Pulwama

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ISLAMABAD: Indian troops launched cordon and search operations (CASOs) in different areas of Pulwama district in occupied Kashmir on Monday.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Indian troops launched door-to-door searches in Drabgam and Beighpora and Aripal areas of the district.

The troops comprising Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operation Group cordoned off Beighpora early in the morning and conducted searches.

Door-to-door searches were carried out many times in the village after all the entry and exit routes were blocked with heavy deployment of Indian soldiers.

“People from many adjoining villages could not move out due to heavy deployment of Indian forces present in the area,” a resident said.

 

 

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SHANGHAI: China has formally submitted a bid to host the 2023 Asian Cup, state media said, another sign of the country’s determination to eventually stage a football World Cup.

China has hosted the Asian Cup once before, in 2004, but its latest attempt is significant because of President Xi Jinping’s stated desire for the country to hold a World Cup.

The World Cup tournaments for 2030 or 2034 have regularly been mooted as the most likely that China will go for.

Staging the 2023 Asian Cup would help prepare China for a World Cup, but it faces stiff competition from South Korea.

Having the Asian Cup again on Chinese soil will “promote the popularisation and development of football” in the country, Xinhua news agency said.

China reached the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup in the UAE at the start of this year, before going down 3-0 to Iran.

Fabio Cannavaro was named Marcello Lippi’s successor as coach of the national team on Friday.

 

 

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