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Manmohan Singh to go to Kartarpur as ‘a common man’

Dera Baba Nanak: Construction work underway at the Kartarpur Corridor in India's side, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019.

Dera Baba Nanak: Construction work underway at the Kartarpur Corridor in India's side, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would attend the Kartarpur Corridor inauguration ceremony on November 9 as a common man.

Mr. Qureshi told reporters in his home town Multan on Saturday that Mr. Singh has accepted his invitation and would attend the scheduled opening as a common man rather than as a special guest, ‘Dawn’ newspaper reported.

Pakistan to invite Manmohan Singh for Kartarpur Corridor inauguration
 

“He is welcome even as a common participant,” Mr. Qureshi said.

The proposed corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev.

Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district up to the border will be constructed by India.

Imran to open on November 9

Pakistan will open the much-awaited Kartarpur Corridor on November 9, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced.

The proposed corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev.

Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district up to the border will be constructed by India.

“Pakistan is all set to open its doors for Sikhs from all across the globe, as the construction work on Kartarpur project enters final stages and will be open to public on November 9, 2019,” Mr. Khan said in a Facebook post, clearing the air on whether the corridor will be open on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of the Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev next on November 12.

“The world’s largest gurdwara will be visited by Sikhs from across India and other parts of the World. This will become a major religious hub for the Sikh community, and will boost the local economy, result in earning foreign exchange for the country creating jobs in different sectors including travel and hospitality,” Mr. Khan said.

“Religious tourism is on the rise in Pakistan, earlier Buddhist monks visited various sites for religious rituals followed by opening of #Kartarpur Corridor,” he added.

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