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India-Pak corridor talks hit a bump

The fourth “Technical Committee” meeting on the Kartapur corridor between India and Pakistan, which was held at Zero Line today, ended in a deadlock with India suggesting that a 800-metre bridge be built on the Ravi while the Pakistan delegation, fearing flooding during monsoons could erode the bridge, suggested a causeway.
This dispute had emerged during the last round of talks. Today, talks had to be suspended as both sides stuck to their respective stands. The Indian side comprised officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs, NHAI, Land Ports Authority of India, BSF and Punjab’s drainage department while that of Pakistan were from the Frontier Works Organisation, a military engineering organisation of Pakistan army.
Sources said if the deadlock persisted, diplomats from both sides would step in. Issues pertaining to passport and visa and composition of the 10-member committee set up by the Pakistan Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee to screen visitors were not discussed as these “did not fall under the preview of the Technical Committee”.
Delhi wants bridge over ravi, pak causeway
I’m optimistic that the corridor will be completed by November when the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev commence.

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