Agencies, Wagah (Pakistan)
In the second round of talks between India and Pakistan delegations on Kartarpur Corridor, Islamabad assured that ‘no anti-India’ activity would be allowed.
“Pakistan side assured our delegation that no anti-India activity would be allowed,” an MEA statement said giving details of the parleys held between officials of two sides on the modalities for operationalisation of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at Wagah.
“The importance for ensuring safe and secure environment for the pilgrims was underscored. In this context, concerns regarding individuals or organisations based in Pakistan who may try to disrupt the pilgrimage and misuse the opportunity to play with the sentiments of the pilgrims were shared,” the statement said.
The assurance assumes significance as it comes a day after Pakistan removed pro-Khalistani leader Gopal Singh Chawla from an official Pakistani panel on Saturday, but included a new man Ameer Singh.
The Indian delegation led by S CL Das, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, handed over a ‘dossier’ to Pakistan side to highlight concerns in the matter.
“The Indian delegation has also sought consular presence in Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara to be able to provide assistance to the pilgrims, if required,” it said.
The meeting reviewed the progress reached in the three rounds of technical meeting that were held in March, April and May and “endorsed the crossing point or ‘zero point’ coordinates that were agreed to at the technical level”.
The statement said that the Indian side conveyed concerns regarding the possible flooding of the Dera Baba Nanak and adjoining areas on the Indian side as a result of earth filled embankment road or a causeway that is proposed to be built by Pakistan on their side.
“The Indian delegation shared detailed flood analysis to Pakistan to underscore these concerns. It was clearly conveyed that an earth filled embankment or a causeway will create problems for our people and should not be built even in the interim. Details of the bridge that India is building on its side were shared, and Pakistan side was urged to also build a bridge on their side,” the statement said.