Congress Leader Manmohan Singh Agrees to Visit Pakistan

Former Prime Minister (PM) of India Manmohan Singh with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Photo: Congress
Former Prime Minister (PM) of India Manmohan Singh with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Photo: Congress

India’s former Prime Minister (PM) and Congress leader Manmohan Singh has agreed to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan for the birth anniversary celebrations of the first Sikh guru Guru Nanak Dev.

Earlier this week, Pakistan PM Imran Khan had extended an invitation to Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan for the inaugural ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor.

The office of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh – another Congress leader – said today that Manmohan Singh will visit Kartarpur Gurudwara on November 9. He will also visit Sultanpur Lodhi for the main celebration of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on November 12.

Amarinder Singh has also extended the invitation to PM Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind for the event, and reportedly both have accepted the state government’s invitation.

The Pakistan PM has not invited Modi for the upcoming ceremony, because Imran Khan believes that Modi is influenced by the hate-filled ideology of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) that was responsible for the assassination of India’s founding father Mahatma Gandhi.

The Kartarpur Corridor – a border corridor between India and Pakistan – will connect the Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib (located in Punjab, India) and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur (in Punjab, Pakistan).

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