KARACHI: Pakistan has played down a decision by the Indian government not to invite Prime Minister Imran Khan to Thursday’s swearing-in ceremony of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, saying India’s ‘internal politics’ did not permit him to extend an invitation.
“His [Modi’s] whole center [during the decision campaign] was on Pakistan-slamming. It was hasty to expect that he can dispose of this story [soon],” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told a news direct at night.
Prior, a Reuters report had said New Delhi would not welcome PM Khan to Mr Modi’s vow taking service.
An Indian government articulation said the pioneers of Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan — all individuals from the little-known Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation — had been welcome to Modi’s swearing-in.
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All countries from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), which incorporates Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Maldives, were welcome to the swearing-in service for Mr Modi’s first term in 2014.
At that point head administrator Nawaz Sharif had gone to the occasion.
Talking at a Geo News program on Monday evening, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the Indian chief had complimented Imran Khan after he won the general race a year ago and composed a letter also.
He said relations between nations depended on correspondence and PM Khan had complimented Mr Modi as a generosity motion.
He said a gathering for exchange to discover an answer for the Kashmir issue, just as Siachen and Sir Creek debates, would have been a critical measure as opposed to going to the swearing-in function.
“Finding another way [to continue dialogue] is additionally basic for them [India],” Mr Qureshi said. “In the event that he [Modi] needs improvement of this region…the just route is to sit with Pakistan to discover an answer,” the outside pastor included.
“It is in light of a legitimate concern for Pakistan to defuse tensions…Pakistan did not make strain. Presently the whole world concurs that Pakistan had no job in the Pulwama episode,” Mr Qureshi stated, alluding to an assault on a guard of the Indian armed force in involved Kashmir in February that left more than 40 fighters dead.
Special case for Sushma
A week ago, FM Qureshi had an unscheduled and casual gathering with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of SCO meeting of outside pastors in Bishkek.
It was the principal up close and personal gathering between the two outside clergymen and the largest amount communication since the post-Pulwama standoff, which had finished through mediation of remote middle people.
As indicated by the Indian media, Islamabad made an uncommon special case for Ms Swaraj to fly straightforwardly through Pakistani airspace to go to the SCO meeting.
Pakistan had shut its airspace for flights to and from India on Feb 26 after the Balakot standoff.
“The Indian government had mentioned us to permit Ms Swaraj to fly over Pakistan to maintain a strategic distance from the more extended course, and we gave them authorization,” Foreign Office representative Mohammad Faisal told Hindu.