India and Pakistan are unlikely to sign the agreement on Kartarpur Corridor on Wednesday, sources said.
Both countries had earlier agreed to sign the agreement on October 23. The next date for the same has not been confirmed yet, sources added.
India on Monday had agreed to sign an agreement with Pakistan to operationalise a cross-border corridor to Darbar Sahib gurdwara in Kartarpur but asked Islamabad to reconsider its service fee demand of $20 per pilgrim.
India has consistently urged Pakistan that in deference to the wishes of the pilgrims, it should not levy such a fee.
“It is a matter of disappointment that while understanding has been reached on most of the elements for facilitating the visit of pilgrims from India, Pakistan continue to insist on levying a service fee of USD 20 per pilgrim per visit. Government has consistently urged Pakistan that in deference to the wishes of the pilgrims, it should not levy such a fee,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said in a statement.
“While agreeing to sign the Agreement, the Government of Pakistan has been once again urged to reconsider its insistence to levy service fee on pilgrims. India would be ready to amend the Agreement accordingly at any time,” it said.