Manmohan agreed to attend Kartarpur opening: Qureshi



Staff Report


Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday that former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh has accepted the invite to attend the Kartarpur Corridor’s opening and birth anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak.

The foreign minister, talking to media in Multan on Saturday, said that the opening ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor will be held as per the schedule.

FM Qureshi said that there is a clear message for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi: “Stop us if you can.”

The foreign minister further said that even if the former Indian prime minister wants to attend the ceremony as a common man then he will still be warmly welcomed.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi further said that high-quality arrangements have been done for Sikh pilgrims, who will arrive in Kartarpur to participate in celebrations of birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak, adding that PM Imran will inaugurate the corridor on November 9.

The Minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has the desire to resolve all outstanding issues between Saudi Arabia and Iran through negotiations.

Qureshi said Pakistan believes in peaceful neighbourhood.

Condemning the bomb blasts in a mosque in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, foreign minister said Pakistan offer deepest sympathies and condolences over loss of precious lives in the incident.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had on October 10 formally invited Manmohan Singh for the inaugural ceremony of the landmark Kartarpur Corridor, scheduled in November.

Earlier, a section of media had claimed that Manmohan Singh had accepted Pakistan’s invite to attend the Kartarpur Corridor opening ceremony. Then, Indian Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had clarified that the former prime minister would not go to Pakistan for the opening ceremony.