Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has accepted the invitation of PM-elect Narendra Modi to attend the swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi on May 26, Monday in a gesture that would soothen the ties amid border firings and ceasefire violations.
Another development that has seen Modi’s ascesion to power in India saw the most-wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who has shifted to afghanistan border where Al Qaida is in a strong position.
Sharif will be among other SAARC country leaders — Sri Lankan President President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and Bangladesh’s Speaker Shirin Chaudhury as Premier Sheikh Hasina is travelling to Japan — who will attend the grand ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Earlier, olive branch gestures from Pakistan came from Sharif’s daughter Maryam who tweeted that cordial relations with Modi’s government should be cultivated. “I personally think cordial relations with new Indian govt should be cultivated. Will help remove psychological barriers, fear & misgivings,” she tweeted.
Even Pakistan’s Foreign Office recommended the PM to accept the invitation. “The Foreign Office has made the recommendation and the decision will most likely be in favour,” a senior diplomat at the FO told Pakistan daily Dawn on Thursday.
Narendra Modi will be administered the oath as 15th Prime Minister of the country by President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday and the ceremony will be attended by over 3,000 guests.
Now that Sharif is visiting India, it will soon be the turn of Modi to visit Pakistan and reciprocate the gesture with a new peace initiative.