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Pakistan Invites Manmohan Singh for Inaugural Function of Kartarpur Corridor, Ex-PM Unlikely to Go

File photo of former prime minister Manmohan Singh. (PTI)

File photo of former prime minister Manmohan Singh. (PTI)

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said a formal invitation will soon be sent to Manmohan Singh.

New Delhi: The Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday said Pakistan would invite former prime minister Manmohan Singh for the inauguration event of Kartarpur corridor which is scheduled to be held on November 9.

“I, on behalf of Pakistan, invite Manmohan Singh for the inaugural function of the Kartarpur corridor,” Qureshi said in a video message, adding that a formal invitation will be sent soon.

“He is a respected leader and Kartarpur is a matter of faith for him,” Qureshi further said while talking about Manmohan Singh. Qureshi also said that the event holds importance for Pakistan and Prime Minister Imran Khan is taking personal interest in the preparations for the event.

The former prime minister's office said it has no information about the invite so far and sources indicated that he is unlikely to attend.

While the Congress remained tight-lipped about the issue, sources said the office of the former prime minister has no information about the invite so far.

The sources said he is unlikely to go as he had not visited Pakistan even during his tenure as prime minister for 10 years.

The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan with the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab, and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims, who will only have to obtain a permit to visit the revered Kartarpur Sahib.

Pakistan is scheduled to open the Kartarpur Corridor for Indian Sikh pilgrims on November 9, days ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of first Sikh guru Baba Nanak on November 12.