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Pakistan downplays India’ decision not inviting PM Khan to PM Modi’ swearing-in ceremony


Pakistan has on Tuesday tried to downplay India’s decision of not inviting Prime Minister Imran Khan to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony on May 30, stating Modi’s “internal politics” doesn’t allow him to extend an invitation to Khan.

According to the Economic Times, the Indian government has on Monday announced it has extended invitations to leaders from BIMSTEC nations to attend Modi’s swearing-in inauguration, excluding Pakistan, which is only a member of the grouping.

The BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) comprises Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal.

While reacting to reports that New Delhi has not invited Pakistan PM for the ceremony, foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi stated a meeting for the sake of talks to pave ways to the Siachen and Sir Creek disputes, as well as, the Kashmir issue, would’ve been more significant measures instead attending a swearing-in ceremony.

Qureshi was quoted by Dawn news as saying, “His (Prime Minister Modi’s) entire focus (during the election campaign) was on Pakistan-bashing. It was unwise to expect that he can get rid of this narrative (soon).”

He added, “India’s internal politics did not permit him to extend an invitation,” he said.

In 2014, former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had addressed Modi’s first swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi on May 26 where the SAARC nation’s leaders were invited.
“Relations between the countries were based on reciprocity and PM Khan had congratulated Mr. Modi as a goodwill gesture,” Qureshi said.

“Finding a new way (to resume dialogue) is also essential for them (India). If he (Modi) wants development of this region … the only way is to sit with Pakistan to find a solution. It is in the interest of Pakistan to defuse tensions … Pakistan did not create tension,” he added.

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