Former PM Manmohan Singh declines Pak invite to attend Kartarupur inauguration ceremony

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Sep 30, 2019, 09:27 PM(IST)

File photo: Former PM Manmohan Singh. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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Pakistan has said it would be opening the Kartarpur corridor for pilgrims to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan on November 9

 

India's former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Monday refused Pakistan's invite to attend the inauguration ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor in November.

Newswire ANI quoting Congress sources reported that the former Indian prime minister had rejected Pakistan's invite.

Earlier, cricketer-turned-politician BJP MP Gautam Gambhir had termed Pakistan's invite to Manmohan Singh as a "political move".

"It is up to the Congress to decide whether they want to send Dr Singh or not. Navjot Singh Sidhu went and hugged General Bajwa and only one person opposed that move - Captain Amarinder Singh," Gambhir had said earlier.

On Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's recent tirade against India at the UNGA, Gambhir tweeted, saying: "Sportspeople are supposed to be role models. Of good behavior. Of Team spirit. Of ethics. Of strength of character. Recently in the UN, we also saw a former sportsperson speak up. As a role model for terrorists. Imran Khan should be excommunicated from the sports community."

Punjab minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa had said earlier that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, along with his cabinet and several other MLAs and central government representatives would be visiting the Kartarpur Corridor on the day of its opening.

Pakistan has said it would be opening the Kartarpur corridor for pilgrims to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan on November 9.

The 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 Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.

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