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This was conveyed to the Pakistani delegation at a meeting in Attari to discuss the opening of a planned corridor for pilgrims between Punjab's Gurdaspur district and Kartarpur Sahib across the border. Both sides held detailed and constructive discussi...

At Kartarpur corridoor meet, India seeks visa-free entry for pilgrims

This was conveyed to the Pakistani delegation at a meeting in Attari to discuss the opening of a planned corridor for pilgrims between Punjab's Gurdaspur district and Kartarpur Sahib across the border.

Both sides held detailed and constructive discussions on various aspects and provisions of the project.

Citizens' security was top on the agenda.

Addressing a media briefing,  S.C.L. Das, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, said that the government had placed three demands before the Pakistani delegation.

Among the three demands was that Pakistan allow at least 5,000 pilgrims to visit to the Gurdwara on a daily basis and that on special days, such as Gurpurab, baisakhi etc, it let as many as 10,000 pilgrims visit the shrine.

The Indian government has also asked Pakistan to allow the Indian pilgrims, including non-resident Indians, visa free access to the Gurdwara and that if any pilgrims so desired, they be allowed to visit the shrine on foot. 

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

India also made it clear that this meeting doesn't mean resumption of any bilateral dialogues with Pakistan.

Last November, India and Pakistan agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur - the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev - to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India's Gurdaspur district.

Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan's Narowal district across the river Ravi, about four km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.

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