India yet to hear from Pak on its request for adequate security arrangements for inaugural jatha to Kartarpur: MEA

08/11/2019

NEW DELHI, Nov 7: India is yet to hear from Pakistan on its request for adequate security and medical arrangements for the inaugural jatha visiting Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib on November 9, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.
Responding to a question on the same, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "We have been sensitising them (Pakistan). Today again we have requested them (in view of the fact that) these are prominent dignitaries and it is very natural for an advanced team to visit a country before a high dignitary visit takes place." "We have not heard anything from the Pakistani side so far, but again we have requested them that proper security, protocol and medical arrangements for the dignitaries who are traveling as part of the inaugural jatha could be made," he added.
The jatha includes former prime ministerManmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, former chief minister SukhbirBadal, Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal, and more than 150 Members of Parliament and other prominent names from the country. No confirmation on the approved list has come from Pakistan yet. Islamabad has also not allowed Indian advance security and protocol team to visit the site as this is a normal practice and a well-known procedure before VVIP visits.
India and Pakistan had on October 24 signed an agreement on the modalities for operationalising Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, paving the way for its inauguration ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of the Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev. The corridor will facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev.
However, India on Thursday said the new map issued by it last week accurately depicts its sovereign territory and it has in no manner revised its boundary with Nepal, a day after the Himalayan nation objected to the Kalapani area being reportedly shown as part of the Indian territory. The Nepal government on Wednesday made it clear that the Kalapani area situated in the country's far-West lies within the Nepalese boundary.
India on Saturday released fresh maps of the newly-created Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh and the map of India depicting these UTs.
"Our map accurately depicts the sovereign territory of India. The new map has in no manner revised our boundary with Nepal," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing.
"The boundary delineation exercise with Nepal is ongoing under the existing mechanism. We reiterate our commitment to find a solution through dialogue in the spirit of our close and friendly bilateral relations," he said.
At the same time, both the countries should guard against vested interests trying to create differences between our two countries, the MEA said.
In the maps issued by the Indian government, the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is a part of the newly-created Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, while Gilgit-Baltistan is in the Union Territory of Ladakh.
The Nepal government has said the media reports drew its attention to the Kalapani area being included in the new Indian map. The Nepal government is clear that the Kalapani area lies within the Nepalese territory, the Nepalese Foreign Ministry had said.

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