ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the government has decided to invite former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor.
In a video message, Foreign Minister Qureshi said, “We have decided after the consultation that we want to invite former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the Kartarpur inauguration.”
Qureshi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had a personal interest in the project. The minister, while justifying the decision, said that Sikhism was Singh’s religion and that he was a representative of the Sikh community.
Qureshi, in the message, said, “As Foreign Minister of Pakistan, I am extending an invitation to former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh to attend the inauguration ceremony.”
According to Qureshi, Pakistan would send a written invitation as well to the former Indian prime minister. He also extended an invitation to the Sikh community to attend the inauguration, which will be held during the celebrations of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.
The Kartarpur Sahib Corridor is scheduled to be opened on 9th November 2019 as work continues at the fast pace at the zero points.
The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab and facilitate the visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims, who will only have to obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib.
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