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Sikh Group Invites Pakistan PM Imran Khan To Attend Nagar Kirtan

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Nagar kirtan will commence from Nankana Sahib, the place where Guru Nanak was born
  • As many as 550 devotees, including prominent religious leaders, will go to Pakistan for the ritual.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) of Amritsar extended a personal invitation to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to participate in the grand 'nagar kirtan', scheduled to commence from Nanka Sahib in Pakistan, on the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak.

The Pakistan premier has been invited to flag off the 100-day procession that will commence from July 25 and is expected to end in Sultanpur, Lodhi. 

The invitation that raises questions mentions that Khan is leading Pakistan to "new heights of grown, religious brotherhood and peace is well prevailing in Pakistan" under his leadership.

Speaking to ANI, President of SGPC, Gobind Singh Longowal said that Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Governor VP Singh Badnore have also been invited to attend the 'kirtan' in Pakistan.

"On July 25, after a holy ritual, the Nagar kirtan will commence from Nankana Sahib, the place where Guru Nanak was born," Longowal said.

He said that as many as 550 devotees, including prominent religious leaders, will go to Pakistan for the ritual.

"On the arrival of the Nagar kirtan at Attari-Wagah border, leaders such as Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal are scheduled to welcome the devotees, for which a formal invitation has been sent to them," said the president of SGPC.

Longowal said that Sikhs who live outside the country have also been invited to be a part of the event. 

The External Affairs Ministry Thursday said India is fully committed to the Kartarpur Sahib corridor project and wants the work to be completed expeditiously.   

The assertion came after a section of media reported that India is lagging behind in the construction of the Kartarpur corridor.

"We are fully committed to this project and want it to be expeditiously completed," Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at the weekly media briefing.

He said the government is aware of the sentiments of people and pilgrims for the Kartarpur Sahib.

The first meeting to finalise the modalities for the corridor took place on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border on March 14.

A meeting will be held on the Pakistan side of the Wagah border on July 14.

"Our desire to have talks basically conveys that whatever the differences are, we will have talks and we will take up those matters with Pakistan when we meet them up on 14th of this month," Kumar added.  

India had earlier conveyed its strong concerns to Pakistan over the presence of a leading Khalistani separatist in a committee appointed by Islamabad on the Kartarpur project.

(With PTI inputs) 

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