Pak team to visit India on March 14 to discuss Kartarpur agreement

Pak team to visit India on March 14 to discuss Kartarpur agreement
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Pakistan on Tuesday informed India that its delegation willvisit New Delhi on March 14 to discuss a draft agreement on the Kartarpurcorridor, a positive development that could help ease tensions between the twoneighbours.

Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal, who is also theDirector General South Asia & SAARC, invited India's acting HighCommissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia at the ministry of foreign affairs to convey thedecision, according to a statement.

"The Pakistan delegation will visit New Delhi on 14March 2019, followed by the return visit of the Indian delegation to Islamabadon 28 March 2019, to discuss the draft Agreement on Kartarpur Corridor,"the statement said.

Faisal informed the Indian envoy that Pakistan's HighCommissioner to India, Sohail Mahmood, will be returning to New Delhi after thecompletion of consultations in Islamabad.

He also conveyed that Pakistan was committed to continueweekly contact at the Military Operations Directorates level.

The positive development came as Pakistan launched acrackdown against banned outfits including Jaish-e-Mohammed.

JeM chief Masood Azhar's son Hammad Azhar and brother MuftiAbdur Rauf were among 44 members of the banned militant outfits detained byauthorities in Pakistan on Tuesday.

India and Pakistan have agreed to open up a special bordercrossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur – the finalresting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev – to Dera Baba Nanakshrine in India's Gurdaspur district.

Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, the first Gurdwara, wasestablished by Guru Nanak Dev in 1522, where he is said to have died.

The corridor will facilitate the visa-free travel of IndianSikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur. 

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