Kartarpur corridor: Pakistan has invited former PM to grace the inaugural event of Kartarpur corridor.
Kartarpur corridor: Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has invited former Indian PM Manmohan Singh for the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor on November 9, 2019. The move has come as a surprise for most in India.
The Pakistani foreign minister announced the decision to invite the former Indian PM through a video message. He said that Dr Singh is widely respected in India and hails from the Sikh community and so “we have decided to invite him to grace the event, we will send a formal letter to him soon.”
"The Kartarpur corridor inauguration is a big programme and Pakistan is preparing for it in a big way,” Pakistan’s Foreign Minister continued. He added saying that Pakistan is very happy to receive the Sikh pilgrims who will be coming to Kartarpur to celebrate Guru Nanak’s 50th birth anniversary.
The Kartarpur corridor is being built to connect Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur, Punjab with Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.
The corridor will enable visa-free movement of pilgrims between the two religious shrines. The pilgrims yearning to visit either of the two Gurudwaras from the other side of the border will only be required to get a permit.
The Kartarpur corridor is scheduled to be inaugurated in November, before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. Pakistan has decided to open the Kartarpur corridor for Indian Sikh pilgrims on November 9.
The Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara is known to have been established by Guru Nanak Dev in 1522.
The Pakistani Foreign Minister’s invite to former PM Manmohan Singh comes just days after the Pakistani PM went all out to attack the Indian Government at the United Nations General Assembly session for its move of scrapping Article 370 and withdrawing the special status of J&K. The Pakistani PM accused Indian security forces of human rights violation in the state and warned of a nuclear war.