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#KartarpurCorridor : 'It Should Be Absolutely Visa Free' For Visiting Pilgrims In Pakistan Demands Indian Experts

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| March 14 , 2019 , 18:18 IST

India and Pakistani experts held there very first meeting to finalize the modalities for facilitation of pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib today in a “cordial environment.”

During the meeting Indian experts focused on hassle-free travel of Indian pilgrims to the Pakistani side besides asking Islamabad to insulate them from any propaganda by Khalistani separatists, official sources said.

Whereas demand from Pakistan is to allow at least 5,000 pilgrims to visit the Gurudwara on a daily basis and that on special days, such as Gurupurab, Baisakhi etc.

According to the media reports home ministry joint secretary SCL Das said that the government had placed three demands before the Pakistani delegation “We have also emphasized from our side that in the spirit of Kartarpur corridor, it should be absolutely visa-free. There should not be any additional encumbrances in the form of any additional documentation or procedures.” 

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During the course of the meeting between both sides, it was also impressed upon the Pakistani delegation that there be no closed days for visiting the shrine and that it be kept open all seven days of the week, Das added.

Das also mentioned that the delegation from Pakistan assured that they would consider the requests and revert on them during the next round of talks.

Technical experts from both the countries will, however, meet on March 19, 2019, at the “proposed zero points to finalize the alignment” a statement issued by the ministry of external affairs said.

The next meeting at Wagah will be held on April 2, 2019.