India denies visas to Pakistani journalists to cover Kartarpur corridor meeting

03:17 PM | 13 Mar, 2019
India denies visas to Pakistani journalists to cover Kartarpur corridor meeting
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ISLAMABAD – India has not issued visas to Pakistani journalists for the coverage of Kartarpur Corridor negotiations.

Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal in his tweet regretted that India has not given visas to Pakistani journalists for the Kartarpur meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow (Thursday).

He said that more than 30 Indian journalists covered the Kartarpur ground breaking ceremony in Pakistan last year.

They had also met Prime Minister Imran Khan and were hosted by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi for a dinner during their stay, he added.

However, India still did not issue visas to Pakistani journalists to cover tomorrow’s meeting, he said.

At the same time, Dr Faisal hoped that the meeting will bring a change for the people of both countries.

“Regrettable that #India has not given visas to #Pakistani journalists for the #kartarpur meeting tomorrow. Hope the #PakKartarpurSpirit & meeting tomorrow will bring a change for the better for people of both countries,” he wrote.

Pakistan had earlier shared the draft agreement on Kartarpur Corridor with India for facilitation of Sikh Yatrees and asked it to urgently send a delegation to Islamabad to negotiate and finalize the accord.

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Pakistan had announced to open the 4.7 kilometers long, visa free Kartarpur corridor on the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak in November last year.

While inaugurating the project in November 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said, "There have been mistakes on both sides [in the past], but we will not be able to move forward until we break the chains of the past."