Pakistan invites Manmohan Singh for Kartarpur corridor opening, but does not reveal date – Times of India

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ISLAMABAD/ AMRITSAR: Pakistan on Thursday extended formal invitation to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to attend the opening ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor even though it said the date for the event has not been finalized yet.
Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal told mediapersons at the weekly press briefing: “We have extended a formal invitation to former Prime Minister of India Mr Manmohan Singh to attend the opening ceremony of Kartarpur corridor. Decisions on other invitations are yet to be taken and we will update you in due course.”
Though Dr Faisal said the date for the opening of the corridor has not been finalized, he assured that the project will be completed in time as committed by Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan.
Last month, a Pakistani official heading the project had announced that the corridor will be opened on November 9, three days ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. The corridor will connect Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Narowal district with Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Gurdaspur district.
A visit to Dera Baba Nanak revealed that both India and Pakistan have installed gates on their respective sides to regulate movement of pilgrims. On the Indian side, access road to the International Border from the upcoming integrated check post (ICP) at Dera Baba Nanak is yet to be completed. The Land Port Authority of India (LPAI), which is constructing the ICP, is working round-the-clock to meet its deadline.
Pakistan Evacuee Trust Property Board chairman Amir Ahmad said his country would complete its part of the Kartarpur corridor on schedule. “The progress is going as per plan and timelines are being met. All the previous construction plans are being followed up and they are being taken to their logical end,” said Amir.
Jeetendra Singh, vice-president of Ceigall India Limited, who was assigned to construct the four-lane highway and bridge to the border with Pakistan, said National Highway Authority of India had completed its work.
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