Will He Won’t He: Pakistan invites former Indian PM Dr Manmohan Singh to Kartarpur
Pakistan’s invitation to former Indian prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh for the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor has raised a lot of eyebrows. While Dr Singh maintains he has not received an invitation yet, whether he accepts it or not is yet to be known. Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu serves as living proof on how the visit could just be one of the most controversial ways of hitting the headlines. The former cricketer visited Pakistan last year and displayed camaraderie with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa. His now infamous hug made way for national flak as Indians expressed distrust over his affiliation with the “enemy”. Not much support was received from the Congress either.
Pakistan’s invitation to Dr Singh has now placed him in the eye of the public as India and Indians abroad wait for his response. Meanwhile, the general note of all the callers on today’s radio show was surprisingly positive as they suggested Dr Singh should take up on the invitation. He was asked to separate religion and politics and visit Guru Nanak’s land.
For the uninitiated, Kartarpur was founded by Sikh guru, Guru Nanak who established his first Sikh commune on the land. Sikhs have been urging governments of both India and Pakistan for years to launch a visa-free way for Sikhs to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur.
A caller on the show believes Dr Singh’s visit to Kartarpur will resolve ongoing issues between both the countries. While not many agree with the statement, unspoken political pressure is heaving on Dr Singh as the world awaits his move.