Pakistan invites Indian delegation to finalise Kartarpur agreement


Two months after Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone for the Kartarpur Corridor, Pakistan has invited an Indian delegation to Islamabad to finalise the agreement, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office (FO).

The FO said that the draft agreement between the two countries has been shared with New Delhi through the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

“This was in line with Islamic principles that advocate respect for all religions and Pakistan’s policy of promoting inter-faith harmony and religious tolerance and also in line with Quaid’s vision of a peaceful neighbourhood,” the FO said. The statement added that FO spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal has been appointed as the focal person and it requested New Delhi to do the same.

The Kartarpur Corridor will connect two Sikh holy sites — Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan and Dera Baba Nanak in India. The corridor will facilitate the Indian Sikh community in visiting the sacred place where their spiritual leader Baba Guru Nanak lived for 18 years until his death in 1539. The groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor was attended by Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa among others.