Manmohan Singh to attend Kartarpur corridor inaugration ceremony in Pakistan

It will help devotees from India to visit the Kartarpur Gurdwara which is 4.7Km from India Pakistan border without a visa. 

Ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Pakistan for the inauguration ceremony of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor next month.

The Punjab chief minister called on Manmohan Singh at his residence in Delhi and asked him to attend the first jatha to Kartarpur Sahib for the inauguration of the cross-border corridor on November 9. The day also marks the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus, which will also be attended by Manmohan Singh.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind have also accepted the Punjab government’s invitation to be a part of the celebrations that will be held in the state.

Manmohan Singh’s visit to Pakistan will not be on the invitation of Pakistan. Though on 1st October Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had invited him to join in the inauguration of the event.

Kartarpur Corridor will connect the Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib in Punjab India with Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Punjab, Pakistan. It will help devotees from India to visit the Kartarpur Gurdwara which is 4.7Km from India Pakistan border without a visa.

Presently, pilgrims from India have to take a bus to Lahore to get to Kartarpur, which is a 125 km journey, despite the fact that people on the Indian side of the border can physically see Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur on the Pakistani side.

The proposal for the Corridor was first proposed by Indian PM Atal Bihar Vajpayee and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif in 1999 to strengthen diplomatic efforts. 

On 26 November 2018, the foundation stone for the Kartarpur corridor was laid down on the Indian side. Two days later the foundation stone for the corridor was laid down on the Pakistani side.

The prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has compared the decision to go ahead with the corridor by the two countries to the fall of the Berlin Wall, saying that the project may help in easing tensions between the two countries.

 

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