Kartarpur corridor: Pakistan agrees to construct 100 metre bridge over river Ravi

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Kartarpur corridor: Pakistan agrees to construct 100 metre bridge over river Ravi

It is still not clear whether the cost will be shared by both countries. The modalities of various construction works were discussed by both the sides inside a makeshift tented accommodation on Tuesday (April 16)

Pakistan has agreed to construct a bridge over Ravi river which will act as a causeway between both the sides and connect Dera Baba Nanak on the Indian side with Kartarpur on the other.

It is still not clear whether the cost will be shared by both countries. The modalities of various construction works were discussed by both the sides inside a makeshift tented accommodation on Tuesday (April 16).

Sources said the technical teams from both the sides also discussed the construction of a road and fencing along the proposed road on both sides of the bridge. Officials however maintained silence over the agenda discussed during the meeting.

Earlier on March 29, India had postponed talks with Pakistan over the involvement of pro-Khalistani Sikh leader Gopal Chawla in the Kartarpur corridor construction process. India had also summoned Pakistan's envoy and had expressed anguish over the presence of Khalistani elements in Kartarpur corridor infrastructure development.

Though Pakistan has banned referendum 2020 registration, a referendum by US-based group 'Sikhs for Justice' (SJF), in support of a separate state of Khalistan, at Kartarpur but there is no word about Gopal Singh Chawla.

However, the resumption of the meeting on Tuesday hints that Pakistan might have asked the Khalistan elements to distance themselves from the corridor issue for the time being.

Gopal Chawla is not only the President of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) but is also a close aide of Lashkar-e-Taiba co-founder and terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed.

He is the brain behind the meetings of Khalistan terrorists in the Sikh shrines where Khalistani banners and slogans are a common sight.

There were also reports that Pakistan's ISI has captured the Pakistani gurudwaras and the youth visiting gurudwaras from Punjab were being radicalised with the help of Gopal Chawla and Khalistan terror groups.