PARIS: A bus of Sikh pilgrims, which left for Pakistan in August this year from Canada, has reached Paris. The tourists will arrive in Kartarpur to celebrate 550th birth anniversary of founder of the Sikh religion, Baba Guru Nanak, in November.
A Canadian family had specially prepared the bus for this long journey. It has big comfortable sofa-like seats, a dining table, a kitchen, a washroom, a cupboard, a fridge and a bed to facilitate the tourists.
‘Journey to Kartarpur’ is written on front of the bus. While, the complete itinerary of the bus is written on its both sides.
The bus has travelled from Canada to the United Kingdom and now reached France. It will travel through Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Turkey, Iran and then arrive in Pakistan. From here, it will move to Sultanpur Lodhi in India, after celebrating the birth anniversary.
For Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary celebrations, former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh has agreed to be a part of the all-party delegation set to visit Kartarpur in Pakistan.
According to the news report, the group would only visit Kartarpur Gurudwara but will not be attending the launch of Kartarpur Corridor.
While talking to India’s local news channel, India’s Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had claimed,
“There is no question of me going (to Pakistan for the Kartarpur corridor opening) and I feel Dr Manmohan Singh will not go as well.”
On 30th September, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had announced that Pakistan had decided to extend an invitation to former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh for the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor, which is scheduled to be opened in November.