Pakistan has officially shared with India a draft agreement on the Kartarpur Corridor which will pave the way for Sikh pilgrims from India to visit the revered Darbar Sahib Gurudwara in Narowal Pakistan without much hassle at the border.
"The Government of Pakistan also invited the Government of India to urgently send a delegation to Islamabad to negotiate and finalize the Agreement", a statement of Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs read.
Pakistan has also appointed the director-general (South Asia & SAARC) as the focal person on Pakistan's side and requested India to designate a focal person at its end.
Last week, Amarinder Singh, chief minister of the Indian state of Punjab, had sought a waiver of passports for Indian pilgrims visiting Kartarpur, arguing that "most common people, especially in rural areas, do not possess passports".
Singh favored any other valid government document, such as the Aadhaar card for identification.
Have written to @HMOIndia @rajnathsingh to request passport waiver for pilgrims to cross Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for ‘Khulle Darshan’ of historic Gurudwara. Also want GoI to ensure finalisation of road alignment projects to enable early acquisition to make Corridor operational. pic.twitter.com/cTcsEhYykD— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) January 15, 2019
The construction of the Kartarpur Corridor is the only visible positive development between India-Pakistan bilateral relations in the recent past. The two South Asian neighbours are going through one of the worst phases of their bilateral relations, owing to accusations and counter-accusations of cross-border terrorism and ceasefire violations.