Pakistan and India hold ‘very positive’ talks on Sikh shrine Mar 15, 2019 0 701 12345 AFPIslamabadPakistan and India held “very positive” talks on Thursday, as the arch-rivals sat down to discuss a visa-free corridor for Sikh pilgrims just weeks after soaring tensions brought the two nuclear-armed powers to the brink of war.Officials from the two countries met in Attari, India, to discuss the details of an agreement that would allow Indian Sikhs to visit a shrine to their religion’s founder in eastern Pakistan.“Both sides held detailed and constructive discussions on various aspects and provisions of the proposed agreement and agreed to work towards expeditiously operationalising the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor,” read the joint statement released by Pakistan’s foreign ministry. The two sides are set to meet again in the coming weeks to finalise the deal, the statement added.“They were very welcoming, the whole meeting took place in a very positive environment,” added Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal. Upon completion of the corridor, Indian Sikhs will be able to access the site without first having to apply for a Pakistani visa. The arch-rivals have maintained an uneasy calm since tit-for-tat cross-border air raids across their disputed Kashmir frontier in February sparked fears of wider war, with each side claiming to have shot down a fighter jet from the other side.The latest crisis was sparked by a February 14 suicide bombing in Indian-administered Kashmir that killed 40 Indian paramilitaries, and was claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). A pilot who was shot down over Pakistani territory was later sent back to India, lowering tensions.Islamabad has also said it is cracking down on militants inside its borders, saying that more than 100 insurgents, including many from JeM, had been detained.The talks in India come a day after China put on hold a request by Britain, France and the United States to add Masood Azhar, leader of JeM, to a UN terror blacklist. Pakistani and Indian soldiers have continued to fire over the Line of Control -- the de-facto border dividing Kashmir, killing several civilians on both sides. Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. RELATED ARTICLES World leaders appeal for ‘urgent action’ on climate at UN meeting Mar 15, 2019 0 625 Afghan air strikes kill 31 militants Mar 15, 2019 0 1227 3.7 mn children at risk of measles in Philippines, warns Red Cross Mar 15, 2019 0 631 Malaysia rejects requests to free suspect in Kim Jong Nam murder dpa Singapore/Hanoi Vietnam’s government expressed “regret” that Malaysia rejected its call to free a Vietnamese national being charged with murdering the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, days after an .. Toxic air tears apart families in Mongolia AFP Bornuur, Mongolia In the world’s coldest capital, many burn coal and plastic just to survive temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees -- but warmth comes at a price: deadly pollution makes Ulaanbataar’s air too toxic .. Farmer unions call to discard free trade pact IANS New Delhi About 40 farmer unions, led by Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), on Thursday demanded the government walk out of the negotiations over the RCEP free trade agreement, saying it would be disastrous for the domestic ..