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Accord on Kartarpur Corridor likely after Indian polls

By Our Staff Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India are expected to resume talks to finalise the agreement on Kartarpur Corridor once the new government is in place in New Delhi following the ongoing parliamentary elections in the neighbouring country.
The last phase of six-week long elections is scheduled to take place on May 19 and final results would be announced on May 23. Official sources here told on Sunday that Pakistan expects the resumption of talks on the Kartarpur Corridor once the new government takes charge in India.
The India team was supposed to pay a return visit to Pakistan in April but New Delhi pulled out of the meeting at the last minute citing concerns over the committee formed by Pakistan to facilitate the Sikh pilgrims. The two countries, nevertheless, held technical level talks at the site on April 16.
A senior official said there was no delay on Pakistan’s part. “It is India that is not willing to engage at this juncture,” the official added while requesting anonymity. However, the official said Pakistan was confident that India would resume talks after the elections. This optimism stems from the fact that India cannot afford antagonising Sikhs since they have long been demanding the opening of the pathway. The corridor, once operational, will provide a visa-free access to Sikhs from India to their holiest Shrine located inside Pakistan.

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