Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Invited by Pakistan For Kartarpur Corridor Inauguration, to Skip Event Citing 'Prior Commitment'
File Image | Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Photo Credits: ANI)

New Delhi, November 8: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar invited by Pakistan government for the inaugural ceremony of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor will skip the event. According to an ANI update, the spiritual leader has cited 'personal commitments' for not attending the Kartarpur Corridor inauguration event.

Pakistan had invited the spiritual leader for the inaugural ceremony of the Corridor, which connects Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab. An invitation letter sent to Ravi Shankar said the opening of the Kartarpur corridor and the promotion of religious tourism "coincides with your objective of a Violence-Free World". Kartarpur Corridor: Two Days Before Inaugural Jatha, Pakistan Yet to Confirm List of Dignitaries Sent by India, Says MEA.

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Just a day ahead of the inauguration of Kartarpur corridor, the Pakistani government has still not confirmed the list of dignitaries sent by India for the "inaugural jatha", said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). On Thursday, Pakistan Army added more confusion by saying that Indian Sikh pilgrims visiting the Kartarpur Sahib will need a passport to use the Kartarpur Corridor. This came days after Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Indian devotees would only need a valid ID to visit the revered Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.

The Kartarpur Corridor is set to open on Saturday and both countries are set to hold ceremonies to mark the occasion. The three-km Kartarpur Corridor will allow Sikh pilgrims direct access to the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, where Guru Nanak Dev passed away in 1539. The foundation stone for the Kartarpur Corridor was laid on the Indian side on November 26, 2018.

(With inputs from agencies)