Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is unlikely to accept Pakistan's invitation to attend the inaugural ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor on Saturday as he's busy with prior engagements.
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".
The 3-km corridor will allow Sikh pilgrims direct access to the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, now in Pakistan, where Guru Nanak Dev passed away in 1539. It links Pakistan's Narowal district to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur in Punjab, India.
Foundation stones for the Kartarpur corridor were laid in India and Pakistan in November last year.
Both countries will hold inauguration ceremonies tomorrow.
A 550-member Indian delegation that includes former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal will visit the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib using the Kartarpur corridor on Saturday.
The Pakistan Foreign Office says Prime Minister Imran Khan has waived the condition of passports for Indian Sikhs visiting the shrine for one year, contradicting an earlier statement by a Pakistan Army spokesman who said the pilgrims would need passports.