LAHORE, Mar 14 (APP):Pakistan and India on Thursday held talks on devising a mechanism for the opening of Kartarpur Corridor to facilitate Sikh community on both sides of the border.

The talks held at Attari Complex, Amritsar in India gave the two sides an opportunity to sort out modalities for the opening of Corridor between Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan and Gurdwara Baba Nanak in India for the 550th Birth Anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak this December.

Director General South Asia and SAARC Dr Mohammed Faisal who led the Pakistani delegation to India said Pakistan was continuing with “spirit of constructive engagement and flexibility”.

Talking to media at Wagah border prior to cross over to Attari, Mohammed Faisal said the step was in line with Pakistan’s sincere efforts to deescalate the situation for regional peace and stability.

He expressed hope that the initiative of Prime Minister Imran Khan would not only facilitate Sikhs, especially from India but in the current vitiated situation it could be “a step forward in right direction from conflict to cooperation, animosity to peace and enmity to friendship”. 

 Kartarpur is a small town in Narowal, 4 km from the Pakistan- India border, where the founder of the Sikh religion, Baba Guru Nanak spent the last 18 years of his life. Subsequently, Gurdwara Darbar Sahab was built at the site on the Pakistan side and Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak in India, which are visited by thousands of Sikhs every year.

“Opening the corridor to allow Sikhs access to their most reverential place of worship has been a longstanding request of the Sikhs. This is also reflective of the importance and primacy that Pakistan gives to all its minorities,” he said.