India, Pakistan officials meet to discuss border opening

NEW DELHI (AP) – Officials from India and Pakistan met yesterday amid easing tensions to discuss opening a visa-free border crossing to allow pilgrims to easily visit a Sikh shrine just inside Pakistan.

A Pakistani delegation crossed over to the Indian side of the land border at Wagah-Attari crossing point for the talks. Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal headed the Pakistani delegation. The Indian side was led by SCL Das, a joint secretary in Home Ministry.

Yesterday’s meeting was held “in a cordial environment” and the two sides agreed to meet again on April 2, said a joint statement issued after the meeting.

“Both sides held detailed and constructive discussions on various aspects and provisions of the proposed agreement and agreed to work toward expeditiously operationalising the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor,” it said.

It’s unclear how long the construction of a border corridor would take or when the crossing will actually open.