Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has accepted Pakistan's invitation for the inauguration of Kartarpur corridor on November 9. This development was announced by the Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh's media advisor Raveen Thakral on Thursday, October 3.
CM Amarinder Singh has invited President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Manmohan Singh to attend the 550th Prakash Purb celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, including the historic event of the opening of Kartarpur Corridor in Pakistan.
Amarinder Singh was in the national capital today to meet and extend invitations to President Kovind, PM Modi and Manmohan Singh in separate meetings.
Meanwhile, news agency ANI has quoted Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh: "There is no question of me going to Pakistan for the Kartarpur corridor opening and I feel Manmohan Singh will not go as well."
According to an official, Amarinder Singh has also written to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, seeking a formal clearance for the Nankana Sahib delegation visit and the "Nagar Kirtan" to be brought from Pakistan to Punjab.
Earlier, Congress sources had said that the Pakistan government's invitation to Singh for the inauguration of the landmark Kartarpur corridor has been refused by the former PM.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had extended the invitation to Manmohan Singh through a video message. India's nuclear-armed neighbour's goodwill gesture comes amid heightened tensions between India-Pakistan ever since the Narendra Modi government's decision to scrap Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August.