Qureshi said that the Pakistan government will also send Singh a formal written invitation. “Pakistan has decided that the inauguration function of Kartarpur is a huge program. So, we will invite former PM Manmohan Singh to the inauguration as he represents the Sikh community. He is very important to us,” Qureshi said.
کرتار پور راہداری ایک اہم منصوبہ ہے اور وزیر اعظم عمران خان کی اس میں ذاتی دلچسپی ہے چنانچہ پاکستان نے مشاورت کے بعد یہ فیصلہ کیا ہے کہ ہم اس کرتارپور راہداری کی افتتاحی تقریب میں ہندوستان کے سابق وزیر اعظم من موہن سنگھ کو اس میں مدعو کریں گے: وزیر خارجہ مخدوم شاہ محمود قریشی pic.twitter.com/PzHPFxi5uA
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“I invite former PM Singh for the inauguration on behalf of Pakistan. We will also send a formal written invitation,” he added.
Also inviting other Sikh pilgrims, he said, “I also invite all the Sikh pilgrims to the inauguration and be a part of the celebrations.”
The proposed corridor, which is slated to be opened as part 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in November, will connect Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims.
Two weeks ago, Pakistan said that it would open the Kartarpur corridor for Indian Sikh pilgrims on November 9, news agency PTI reported. Talking about the facilities, Project Director Atif Majid said, “About 76 immigration counters have been set up to cater to 5,000 Sikh pilgrims from India every day.” He also said the number of counters would be increased later as the pilgrim count was expected to touch 10,000.
Despite the tensions over the Kashmir issue, Pakistan has repeatedly said that the opening of the Kartarpur corridor would not be hit due to the ongoing situation.