Despite ongoing tensions with India, Pakistan invites Manmohan Singh at Kartarpur inauguration ceremony

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  • “On behalf of the government, as the foreign minister of Pakistan, I invite him(Manmohan Singh) to attend the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor,” says FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
  • The project is seen as the confidence-building measure between the immediate neighbors and is considered to boost the religious and cultural harmony.
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Kartarpur Corridor – the project that would allow visa-free access to Sikh Yatrees for the very first time since independence. The work on the corridor is underway despite heightened tensions between both India and Pakistan amid ongoing blockade within the Kashmir region.

The project is seen as the confidence-building measure between the immediate neighbors and is considered to boost the religious and cultural harmony apart from promoting the tourism sector in the bordering areas of Pakistan.

The country’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi as of today has announced that Pakistan has decided to invite the Manmohan Singh at the inauguration ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor. Manmohan Singh is the former prime minister of India and is affiliated with the Sikh religion.

Mr.Qureshi said: “On behalf of the government, as the foreign minister of Pakistan, I invite him(Manmohan Singh) to attend the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor.” He also announced that the government intends to send him a formal written invitation as well.

The visa-free corridor is all set to open on the eve of the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak that is scheduled in November. The construction work at the gurdwara site started last year. The site is just a few kilometers away from the Indian border and is located on the bank of River Ravi.

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According to the media reports, some 5,000 Sikh pilgrims from neighboring India will visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara on a daily basis. Pakistan’s foreign minister also stated that the Kartarpur Sahib is an important project and PM Imran Khan has a personal interest in it.

Mr. Qureshi also welcomed the Sikh pilgrims saying: “We also await the Sikh yatrees to come and take part in the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.”

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