New Delhi (Sputnik): India has called off the second round of talks on the Kartarpur corridor with Pakistan scheduled on 2 April after several concerns including the presence of secessionist leaders remained unresolved on the issue. Sources told Sputnik that India's objections are against the presence of members such as Gopal Singh Chawla, Tara Singh, Besant Singh, Maninder Singh and kuljeet singh in the 10 members Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee that will facilitate Sikh pilgrims after the opening of Kartarpur Corridor.
"India has also shared concerns and sought clarifications on reports that controversial elements have been appointed by Pakistan to a committee to be associated with the Kartarpur Corridor," the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Friday.
#Pakistan PM #ImranKhan holds meeting with Pro-Khalistan leader & #HafizSaeed's aide Gopal Singh Chawla ahead of Katarpur talks. He has earlier released videos issuing a threat to India in support of Khalistani terror.— Kashmir Focus (@KashmirFocus) March 14, 2019
And this is how #Pak plans to conduct 'peace talks' w/ #India pic.twitter.com/UbiFbufFOR
"It has been conveyed that the next meeting on the modalities can be scheduled at an appropriate time after receiving Pakistan's response…Meanwhile, in order to take forward the infrastructure development for the corridor in an expeditious manner, India has proposed to hold another meeting of technical experts in mid-April to resolve outstanding issues at the zero point agreed to at the last meeting," the ministry added.
Pakistan regrets the Indian decision to postpone the upcoming Kartarpur meeting, jointly agreed by both sides on 14 March. The meeting was to discuss and find consensus on outstanding issues; Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
#Pakistan regrets the Indian decision to postpone the upcoming #Kartarpur meeting, jointly agreed by both sides on 14 March 2019. The meeting was to discuss & find consensus on outstanding issues.— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) March 29, 2019
The Kartarpur Corridor, slated to be operationalised this year, is an Indo-Pak people-to-people exchange project to facilitate Sikh pilgrims from India to visit the final resting place of Sikhism's founder and its first guru, Guru Nanak Dev. The place is located at Kartarpur in Pakistan at a distance of 3 kilometres from the international border.