Kartarpur Corridor meet: Pakistan postpones bridge construction till after Guru Nanak Jayanti – India Today

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Pakistan has expressed the inability to construct a proposed 300-metre bridge from zero-line to Kartarpur citing paucity of time.

Pakistan’s technical coordination committee suggested that it will be constructing a service lane to facilitate the pilgrims. The proposed bridge will now be constructed after the celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th birth anniversary are over.

Meanwhile, the Indian government has given a strict deadline to the construction company to complete the Rs 177 crore project by October 30. Indian authorities will also go ahead with the proposed bridge construction over Ravi.

The technical coordination committees, which met at zero-point on Friday, also discussed the dates for the inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor.

The secretary-level meeting will likely be held during the first week of September.

While Pakistan has already downgraded the diplomatic channels, it has maintained that it will go ahead with the corridor. Pakistan’s gesture is being viewed as an attempt to woo the Sikh community.

While the Sikh community has welcomed Pakistan’s gesture, security agencies are sceptic about the benevolence as the ISI and Khalistani terror groups can misuse the corridor for terror activities. The suspicion grew after former Pakistan Army Chief General Aslam Beg said the country will send Jihadis via Kartarpur Corridor to teach India a lesson for abrogating Article 370.

However, Indian security agencies said they are prepared to deal with any situation and will be throwing a multi-layer security cover to thwart any suspicious activity during the movement of pilgrims.

The first group of Sikh pilgrims is likely to leave for Kartarpur on November 8. The 550th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev will be observed on November 12.

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