Monday, 6 July 2020

Indian govt rejects Pakistan’s offer to reopen Kartarpur

Photo: Imran Khan/Twitter

KARTARPUR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Indian government has rejected Pakistan’s offer to reopen Kartarpur Corridor on June 29 to mark the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

The reaction came after Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said, “Pakistan is preparing to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for all Sikh pilgrims as places of worship open across the world.”

Qureshi took to Twitter and conveyed to the Indian side Pakistan’s readiness to reopen the corridor on June 29, 2020 – the occasion of the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh.

The corridor – inaugurated on November 9, 2019, by Prime Minister Imran Khan on the eve of the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak – was temporarily closed on March 16 due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases.

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