Imran Khan Invites Congress Leader Manmohan Singh to Pakistan

Prime Minister (PM) of Pakistan Imran Khan. Photo: Pakistan Prime Minister's Office
Prime Minister (PM) of Pakistan Imran Khan. Photo: Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office

Imran Khan, who wants peace between India and Pakistan, has compared the corridor between the two enemy countries to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

By Rakesh Raman

Despite mounting tension between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue, the Prime Minister (PM) of Pakistan Imran Khan has extended an invitation to India’s former PM and Congress leader Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan for the inaugural ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi, foreign minister of Pakistan, said in a video message today that Kartarpur Corridor is an important project and prime Minister Imran Khan has a personal interest in it.

As expected, the Pakistan PM has not invited India’ PM Narendra 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.

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“Pakistan has decided after consultation that we will invite India’s former prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the inauguration event,” Qureshi said.

The Kartarpur Corridor – an under-construction 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).

Currently under planning, the corridor is intended to allow religious devotees from India to visit the Gurdwara in Kartarpur, 4.7 kilometres (2.9 miles) from the Pakistan-India border, without a visa. The corridor is expected to be completed before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in November 2019.

Imran Khan, who wants peace between India and Pakistan, has compared the corridor between the two enemy countries to the fall of the Berlin Wall, saying that the project may help in reducing hostility between the two countries.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of the humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.

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