On Friday, the United States said that it welcomes the efforts by Pakistan and India to enhance people-to-people contact, days after the two nations laid foundation stones for a corridor connecting two revered Gurdwaras on both sides of India-Pakistan border.
US Department Deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino told the source that “I’m aware of reports on this Kartarpur corridor. I understand that it’s kind of a visa-free way for Indians to visit this important Sikh site. And of course, the United States would welcome efforts to increase people-to-people ties between India and Pakistan.”
He was replying to questions on the construction of the much-awaited corridor, which will link Kartarpur’s Darbar Sahib- the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev with Dera Baba Nanak Shrine in Gurdaspur district will facilitate visa-free movement of pilgrims.
The Kartarpur corridor was proposed by India to Pakistan more than 20-years ago, is likely to be completed within 6 months.
Thousands of Sikh devotees from India will visit Pakistan every year with the aim to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.
Responding to another question of US president Donald Trump’s tweets on stopping aid to Pakistan during a period when the US is seeking for cooperation on Afghanistan, Mr. Palladino has stressed the need for Islamabad to develop confidence in bilateral relations.
He continued that “The Secretary (of State) has emphasized the need for Pakistan to deliver an outcome and build confidence and trust between our two countries, and our policy towards Pakistan is clear.”