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Pakistan, India agree on team visits to reach Kartarpur deal

Pakistan, India agree on team visits to reach Kartarpur deal
February 8, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan and India finally agreed in principle on reciprocal visits of officials for negotiating and finalising the agreement with Pakistani delegation set to travel to Delhi on March 13 for initiating the process. “We welcome the visit of Pakistan team to discuss and finalise modalities for facilitating visit of pilgrims through Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on 13 March 2019 to India. Follow up meeting can be held in Pakistan, as required,” Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted. In another tweet, he said, “For expeditious realisation of #kartarpurcorridor, India has also proposed technical level discussions between engineers on both sides without waiting for discussion on the modalities. We hope #Pakistan would positively respond & confirm coordinates of crossing point as well.” His tweet came almost an hour after a tweet by his Pakistani counterpart and focal person for talks on Kartarpur, Dr Muhammad Faisal, proposing to India visits of officials in March for negotiating the accord before finalising it on March 28. “In a spirit of constructive engagement Pakistan has proposed to India that the Pakistan delegation may visit India on 13 March followed by the return visit of the Indian delegation to Pakistan on 28 March to finalise the draft agreement for the Kartarpur corridor,” Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said.   “India would positively reciprocate to the latest proposal from Islamabad,” Dr Faisal expressed hope in his another tweet.  
Kartarpur Corridor reflects Pakistan’s desire for peace in region: FM
Earlier, Minister for Foreign Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the groundbreaking of Kartarpur Corridor was admired all over the world, however, It reflects Pakistan’s desire for peace in the region that should be taken positively. Speaking to the journalists, FM Qureshi said Pakistan wants peace on its eastern and western borders for prosperity in the region, adding that peace and stability in the region will lead to improvement in job opportunities and overall economic condition. “We took this initiative without any outside pressure to fulfill the desire of Sikh community so they can easily visit their holy places in Pakistan,” the foreign minister said. He said possibilities of improvement in relations between Pakistan and India have increased after development on Kartarpur corridor. To a question about formation of a new province in southern Punjab, the minister said the ruling party does not have two-third majority for constitutional amendment and they will seek opposition parties’ support for it. However, he said steps are being taken to create a balance between southern and other parts of the province and a separate development budget will be allocated for southern Punjab from next year. To a question, he said value of the rupee had been artificially controlled, which led to its depreciation against dollar. He said expected increase in foreign exchange reserves due to boost in exports will decrease pressure on rupee.