Ahead of the launch of the Kartarpur corridor, which is set to be inaugurated on November 9 for Sikh pilgrims, Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has declined the offer of the Pakistani Government to be a guest at the inauguration ceremony. The Spiritual Guru has cited prior commitments for not being able to attend the event.
As per sources, a team of the ‘Art of Living’ Foundation founded by the Spiritual Guru has confirmed that he won't be visiting Kartarpur because of prior commitments and important pre-scheduled meetings.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was one of the dignitaries who was invited to the Kartarpur corridor launch ceremony among others who are invited to Kartarpur by the Pakistani Government. The dignitaries who will be part of the first jatha (a long march, especially of Sikhs) such as former BJP turned Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Sukhbir Singh Badal, and Union Ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri. There will also be 150 parliamentarians.
The invitation letter sent by the Pakistani Government to Ravi Shankar reads, "The opening of the Kartarpur Corridor and promotion of religious tourism also coincides with your objective of Violence-Free World.” Kartarpur corridor is set to open on Saturday and both the countries will hold ceremonies to mark the occasion.
Govt sources:Dignitaries part of 1st 'Jatha' crossing over from India to Kartarpur to go as pilgrims. It includes Former PM Manmohan Singh,Punjab CM&Union Minister Harsimrat Badal&Hardeep Puri&150 parliamentarians.Pak had requested 1st 'Jatha' to be part of inauguration ceremony.— ANI (@ANI) November 6, 2019