Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday shared that former PM Manmohan Singh has agreed to join the first delegation (jatha) to visit Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan and he will attend the mega event held for Kartarpur Corridor Inauguration.
Amrinder Singh has also invited PM Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind to join the mega celebration to mark the auspicious occasion of 550th Prakash Purab of Guru Nanak Dev Ji including Kartarpur Corridor opening.
Kartarpur Corridor will provide the facility to connect Gurudwara in Kartarpur, Pakistan with Dera Baba Nanak, in Gurdaspur Punjab, India. This will be a visa-free movement for the pilgrims of India.
The schedule to open Kartarpur Corridor is fixed for November 9th for Indian Sikh pilgrims which will happen 3 days before the occasion of Guru Nanak Dev Ji's 550th birth anniversary which falls on November 12th this year.
PM Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind have accepted the invitation and will be a part of this historic celebration in Pakistan. The details of the events are already shared with them and as requested by the Chief Minister of Punjab, both the PM and President can attend the programs based on their convenience.
The first delegation (jatha) will visit Sri Kartarpur Gurudwara as on November 9th along with former PM Manmohan Singh and there he will be also attending Sultanpur Lodhi main event.
A group of 21 persons will be allowed to visit Nankana Sahib Gurudwara who will organize "path" on the occasion of 550th Prakash Purab from October 30 to November 3 followed by a Nagar Kirtan to reach Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala district in Punjab, India via Wagah in Amritsar as on November 4th. The flag-off ceremony will be initiated by a short meeting of devotees at Dera Baba Nanak, Punjab, India.
Amrinder Singh has also sought formal clearance from External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and political clearance facilitation will be done in order to allow the all-party jatha (delegation) to visit Nankana Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan on this historic occasion.
Nankana Sahib Gurudwara is the birthplace of first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji and also where he started preaching. It is located at a distance of 91 km from Lahore and has a population of around 70,000 people.
The security arrangements and other particulars have been made by the government of India and Amrinder Singh expects this to be a memorable experience for all including the political leaders.