Saturday, May 24, 2014

Pakistan prime minister to attend inauguration of India's Modi



BY SHEREE SARDAR AND MEHREEN ZAHRA-MALIK
ISLAMABAD Sat May 24, 2014 12:13pm EDT
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif waves to the crowd as he leaves after attending a flag raising ceremony to mark the country's 67th Independence Day in Islamabad in this August 14, 2013 file photo.


(Reuters) - Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has accepted an invitation to attend the inauguration of Indian Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi, a first in the history of the nuclear-armed rivals, an official said on Saturday.

"There will be a bilateral meeting on the sidelines between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Mr. Modi," Mohyuddin Wani, the joint secretary of the prime minister's office, told Reuters. "Mr. Sharif will also be calling on the Indian president."

Pakistan and India have fought three wars since independence in 1947. Ties have been particularly tense since the 2008 attacks on Mumbai blamed by India on Pakistan-based militants.

Sharif came to power last year promising to rebuild relations with India but has been under pressure to toughen his stance from hardliners at home, particularly within the army.

The top source of friction is his aim to boost trade with India. Many army officers say India must vacate its part of the disputed territory of Kashmir before ties can improve.

In India too, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's efforts to rebuild economic and diplomatic ties fell apart when deadly skirmishes broke out along the border in Kashmir last year.

Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party has long advocated a tough stance on Pakistan, a view reflected in his election campaign that produced a parliamentary majority. The new Indian leader is seen as a hardliner on issues of national security.

Officials in Pakistan are also hopeful that Modi will seize an opportunity to rebuild ties, because he is much less vulnerable to the charges of weakness that plagued Singh.

"Both prime ministers are very business friendly and focused on the economy. Both have a majority in parliament and don't need a coalition," said Imtiaz Gul, the head of Islamabad think-tank the Centre for Research and Security Studies.

"This invitation is a positive step - it marks a break from the Cold War-era mentality that has overshadowed the relationship."

OPENING MARKETS, NORMALISING TRADE

Modi's ambitious economic agenda will require India to open markets and normalize trade with neighbors. He could find Sharif, a proponent of free markets with a history of conciliatory gestures towards New Delhi, an ally in that.

The relationship improved the last time the BJP took power, in 1998, under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who rode a bus to Lahore during Sharif's previous stint in power to sign a peace accord.

Three months later, the Pakistani army torpedoed Sharif's attempts to improve ties by secretly sending soldiers disguised as militants to capture Indian outposts in the heights of Kargil, in the north of Indian Kashmir.

Lasting India-Pakistan peace would help smooth a potentially perilous transition in Afghanistan as most NATO combat forces prepare to leave by the end of this year.

Afghanistan has long been seen as a proxy battleground where Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency has been accused of sponsoring attacks on Indian targets.

India's consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat was attacked by heavily armed insurgents on Friday. All the insurgents were killed, an Indian official said, and five security guards were wounded.

Pakistan has long complained about the number of Indian consulates in Afghan cities, fearful that friendship between India and Afghanistan could leave it isolated.

On Friday, however, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry was quick to condemn the attack on India's Herat consulate, an indication that bilateral ties could be entering a new phase.

A Pakistani information ministry official said: "We still have to gauge what Modi's government's stand is on the many issues that remain unresolved between Pakistan and India.

"The inaugural speech will hopefully set the tone of relations and we can take it from there," the official said, requesting anonymity as he was not authorized to comment.

Former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf was the last Pakistani head of state to visit India, in 2005. Last year, Singh, then prime minister, declined Sharif's invitation to attend his oath-taking ceremony.

(Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Kim Coghill, Ron Popeski and Lynne O'Donnell)


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From Nawaz Sharif's daughter to Pakistani journalists, they backed his India visit

Economic Times - ‎8 hours ago‎
Among those who pressed Sharif to accept the invitation to attend the swearing in ceremony was Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif, a politician of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz).EW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: The excitement had been building ...

Ahead of Sharif's trip, his brother briefs army chief

Times of India - ‎2 hours ago‎
LAHORE: Nawaz Sharif's younger brother Shahbaz has taken Pakistan army chief Gen Raheel Sharif into confidence about the premier's decision to accept India's invitation to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi. Shahbaz ...

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony on Monday

NetIndian - ‎19 hours ago‎
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony here on Monday, sources in his office said in Islamabad today. Later, the visit was officially announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which ...

Pakistan's Sharif ponders India invitation

Financial Times - ‎May 22, 2014‎
Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan's prime minister, is considering a surprise invitation from Narendra Modi to attend his oath-taking ceremony as Indian prime minister in New Delhi, for a visit that could mark the relaunch of a stalled peace process between the two ...

Pakistan wants uninterrupted dialogue with India: FO

Business Recorder - ‎May 22, 2014‎
ISLAMABD: Pakistan on Thursday said it wanted uninterrupted and uninterruptible dialogue process with India to resolve all the issues including core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam in her weekly briefing here at ...

Inviting the neighbours

The Hindu - ‎8 hours ago‎
After an electoral campaign where “Candidate” Modi had made several disquieting statements about the region — from criticising Bangladesh for its treatment of the Hindu minority and on illegal immigrants, to threatening Pakistan over the export of terror and ...

Can Nawaz Sharif free Indo-Pak ties from his Army's grip?

Firstpost - ‎20 hours ago‎
Doubts over who is in control in Pakistan—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif or the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi— have emerged again as the Pakistanipremier is still undecided over whether he would be in New Delhi on 26 May to attend Indian Prime ...

Pak PM Nawaz Sharif to attend Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony

Times of India - ‎15 hours ago‎
NEW DELHI: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be attending Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony here on May 26, Pak government sources said on Saturday.Pakistan PM House spokesperson confirmed that Sharif will be visiting New Delhi ...

Pakistan PM to take a call on Modi's oath taking ceremony invitation today

IBNLive - ‎May 22, 2014‎
Islamabad: Pakistan is undecided over whether the country's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will take up Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's invitation to attend his swearing-in ceremony on Monday. The Pakistan Foreign Ministry on Thursday confirmed ...

Indian leaders welcomed Sharif's decision to attend the inauguration.

Huffington Post - ‎19 hours ago‎
Meanwhile Saturday, bomb attacks in Pakistan killed at least seven people. The deadliest attack happened when a roadside bomb exploded near the village of Shati in the Mohmand tribal region, killing six soldiers, the military said. In a statement, the military ...

Pakistan awards 3G/4G concessions

TeleGeography - ‎May 22, 2014‎
In a ceremony earlier today, Pakistan's government officially awarded the 3G and 4G licences won at auction late last month by four of the nation's incumbent cellcos, namely China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak, operating under the Zong moniker), Mobilink, ...

Welcome mat for Sharif is ok, but we shouldn't let our guards down

Firstpost - ‎15 hours ago‎
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's decision to accept Narendra Modi's invitation to attend his swearing-in ceremony in Delhi is probably one surprise that Modi could have done without. While the domestic comments have been largely positive, ...

India vs. Pakistan

CounterPunch - ‎May 23, 2014‎
Sixty-seven years after the Partition, India continues to nurse the inherited insecurity garbed as braggadocio in its relationship with Pakistan. Every government has effectively used it to whip up emotion and, worse, conflate hostility towards our neighbour with ...

Pakistan's Foreign Office suggests Nawaz Sharif attend Narendra Modi's ...

Daily News & Analysis - ‎May 23, 2014‎
Pakistan's Foreign Office has recommended Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to accept India's invitation to attend the swearing-in ceremony of premier-elect Narendra Modi on May 26 in New Delhi, saying it will be a "mistake" to let this opportunity go.

Pakistan upbeat about dialogue with new India government

gulfnews.com - ‎May 22, 2014‎
“When the new government takes over in India, realising the importance of having peace in the neighbourhood, the dialogue process between Pakistan and India will resume,”Pakistan foreign affairs ministry spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said. Aslam said ...

Modi should discuss matters related to Pak with Sharif: Tewari

Business Standard - ‎17 hours ago‎
Congress leader Manish Tewari on Saturday said that Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi should raise issues his party has been taking up for the past ten years on matters related to Pakistan, when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visits to India. "If the prime ...

No ambience to hold serious talks with Pak: Cong

Zee News - ‎May 23, 2014‎
New Delhi: Narendra Modi should not forget in the "euphoria" of his swearing-in as the Prime Minister that there is "no ambience" to hold serious talks with Pakistan, Congress cautioned him on Saturday reminding that Pakistan has not dismantled the terror ...

BJP lauds Nawaz Sharif's decision to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony

Zee News - ‎14 hours ago‎
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday welcomed the decision of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi on Monday evening, and said it will mark the beginning ...

Hope it will lead to progress on K-issue resolution: Mehbooba

Hindustan Times - ‎12 hours ago‎
Welcoming Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif's decision to attend Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony, the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday hoped it would be a new beginning in the Indo-Pak ties that would lead to progress ...

Shiv Sena mum on Nawaz Sharif's presence at Modi's PM swearing-in ceremony

IBNLive - ‎13 hours ago‎
Mumbai: Key NDA constituent Shiv Sena, which has been vocal against Pakistan for "sponsoring" terrorism in India, on Saturday chose to remain mum on its Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accepting the invite to attend Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony on ...

Pakistan PM unlikely to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony: Sources

IBNLive - ‎May 21, 2014‎
New Delhi: While there are reports that Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi has invited all SAARC nations to attend his swearing-in ceremony on May 26, sources say that it is unlikely that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be attending the event.

Nawaz Sharif to be accompanied by son, bilateral meeting on Tuesday

Times of India - ‎2 hours ago‎
NEW DELHI: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has not just accepted the invitation to attend PM-designate Narendra Modi's swearing-in on Monday but he will also bring one of his two sons along in what, diplomats said, will lend a personal touch to the ...

pakistan pm nawaz sharif likely to attend narendra modi s inauguration

Sahara Samay - ‎May 23, 2014‎
By Arti Bali,Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistan Prime Minister is likely to accept the Indian invitation to attend the oath-taking ceremony of premier-elect Narendra Modi on May 26. Narendra Modi 's first diplomatic step by inviting all SAARC leaders to his Inauguration ...

Narendra Modi`s swearing-in: Decision on Pak PM attending ceremony likely ...

Zee News - ‎May 22, 2014‎
Islamabad: Even after Pakistan's ruling party PML-N hinted on Thursday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be attending Narendra Modi's swearing in ceremony on May 26, the Pakistan government remained non-committal on the issue. However, Pakistan ...

8:48 pm: TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu meets BJP chief Rajnath Singh

IBNLive - ‎13 hours ago‎
8:39 pm: Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Sharif to Network 18 on Pakistan PM's visit to India: "The invitation extended by India's Prime Minister-designate & the reciprocal gesture by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are being widely hailed by every sane ...

Narendra Modi invite to Nawaz Sharif sends Pakistan scrambling for answers

Financial Express - ‎15 hours ago‎
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is still considering to attend the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi and a final decision will be taken by the evening after consultations with the civil and military leaders, officials said today.

Congress mocks Narendra Modi for inviting Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ...

Economic Times - ‎19 hours ago‎
NEW DELHI: The Congress has slammed Narendra Modi for inviting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend his swearing-in ceremony, saying the conditions are not conducive and that the BJP's PM-designate is getting carried away in excitement.

At last, Pakistan moves to next generation cellular technology

Daily Times - ‎May 22, 2014‎
ISLAMABAD: In what is being seen as one of the most important events in Pakistan's history, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday awarded 3G and 4G mobile spectrum licences to the mobile operating companies that participated in their auction, ...

MEA confirms Sharif's visit to Delhi for Modi swearing-in ceremony

Business Standard - ‎13 hours ago‎
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Saturday confirmed that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would be attending the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi on Monday evening. "Can confirm ...

Sartaj Aziz, foreign secretary to accompany Sharif to India

Business Standard - ‎13 hours ago‎
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would be accompanied by Sartaj Aziz, adviser on national security and foreign affairs, as well as Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry on his India visit to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister-designate ...

Pakistan wants 'meaningful dialogue' with India: FO

International News Network - ‎May 22, 2014‎
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expects a 'meaningful dialogue' with India after Narendra Modi takes oath as prime minister on May 28. During weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam expressed the confidence of ...

BJP delighted at Nawaz Sharif's nod

The Nation - ‎9 hours ago‎
"This is a delightful piece of news that Pakistan Prime Minister has accepted Narendra Modi's invitation, this is the beginning of a new relationship. It is good news," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said today. He said Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, ...

Sharif accepts invitation to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony

gulfnews.com - ‎11 hours ago‎
Islamabad: After prolonged consultations, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday accepted an invitation from India's prime minister-designate Narendra Modi to attend his swearing-in ceremony. Leaders of major Pakistani political parties ...

Little room for talks with Pakistan: Cong

Business Standard - ‎May 23, 2014‎
Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had not visited the neighbouring country nor invited its president and prime minister because India had set a pre-condition that Pakistan should first dismantle its terror apparatus.

Hope BJP Raises Issues Like 26/11 Trial and Hafiz Saeed with Nawaz Sharif ...

NDTV - ‎12 hours ago‎
New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend Narendra Modi's swearing-in on Monday, his party has confirmed. "On the invitation of Prime Minister designate, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will make a day long visit to New Delhi," ...

Can Modi reset India's ties with Pakistan?

The National - ‎7 hours ago‎
Unexpectedly, the invitation included Pakistan, with which already strained bilateral relations have been particularly tense since the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai by militants who were trained in Pakistan. Last year, the two countries exchanged fire across ...

India Invites Pakistan PM To Modi's Inauguration

RTT News - ‎May 21, 2014‎
A spokesman for the external affairs ministry said invitations have been sent to the leaders of all member nations of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), which includes Pakistan, for attending the inauguration of Modi on May 26.

Cautious optimism in Indian diplomatic circles over Sharif's visit

Times of India - ‎2 hours ago‎
NEW DELHI: India on Saturday reacted to confirmation of Nawaz Sharif's visit to attend Narendra Modi's inauguration with "cautious optimism". But more than that, New Delhi also seemed to be taken by surprise by the way the Pakistani Prime Minister ...

Incoming Indian PM Invites Regional Neighbors to Inauguration

Wall Street Journal - ‎May 21, 2014‎
NEW DELHI—Incoming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited leaders of neighboring states—including strategic rival Pakistan—to attend his swearing-in ceremony next week in a sign he may want to play a bigger regional role than his predecessor.

New India PM invites Pakistan leader to inaugural

Washington Post - ‎May 21, 2014‎
By Associated Press,. NEW DELHI — India on Wednesday invited the leaders of rival Pakistan and other South Asian nations to the prime minister's inauguration, signaling what could be a first step in improving ties with its neighbors. TOPSHOTS World War II ...

Pakistan keeps suspense high on Narendra Modi decision

Financial Express - ‎May 22, 2014‎
Pakistan today kept the suspense on whether its Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony on May 26 in New Delhi with a decision on the same likely to be taken tomorrow. Other key SAARC leaders, Sri Lankan President ...

Hope important issues are raised during Sharif-Modi meeting: Rashid Alvi

Business Standard - ‎17 hours ago‎
Congress leader Rashid Alvi on Saturday welcomed the news of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accepting India's invitation to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi and hoped that important issues are raised in ...

BJP delighted at Nawaz Sharif's nod, Congress wants terror issues raised

Daily News & Analysis - ‎16 hours ago‎
He said Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar are India's neighbours. "And neighbours cannot be changed," he said. But Congress reacted cautiously to the development. Outgoing Union minister Manish Tewari reminded that BJP has all along ...

Modi invites Pakistan PM Sharif to oath-swearing ceremony

Daily Mail - ‎May 21, 2014‎
The invitation was received as a positive gesture by the Pakistan government, but the ruling PML-N is yet to decide whether Sharif will participate in the ceremony, sources in Islamabad told Mail Today. Narendra Modi. Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Narendra Modi will be sworn in as PM on Monday

NDTV - ‎May 23, 2014‎
New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is keen to come for Narendra Modi's swearing in ceremony on Monday but is weighing all options, sources have told NDTV. Mr Modi will take the oath as Prime Minister after his BJP scored a landslide victory, ...

How Narendra Modi's invite to Pakistan PM has silenced political commentariat ...

Economic Times - ‎May 23, 2014‎
While the focus will inevitably be on Pakistan and Nawaz Sharif, the importance of other neighbours to India's security, economic and strategic interests has actually increased in comparison to Pakistan. But let's stay with Pakistan for a while, because the ...

India's Modi invites Pakistan PM to swearing-in

GlobalPost - ‎May 21, 2014‎
Indian prime minister-elect Narendra Modi has invited Pakistan's premier Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in next Monday, his party said, in a bold diplomatic statement that he intends to improve strained relations. Nirmala Sitharaman, spokeswoman for Modi's ...

Omar, Mehbooba welcome Sharif accepting Modi's invite

Zee News - ‎14 hours ago‎
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti Saturday welcomed the decision of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend Indian Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's oath taking ceremony.

Nawaz Sharif advised to visit India, daughter tweets for 'cordial ties'

Indian Express - ‎19 hours ago‎
While suspense over Nawaz Sharif's response to the invitation to attend Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony continued on Friday, the Pakistan Prime Minister was learnt to have received diplomatic advice to make the trip in the interest of improving ...

BJP welcomes Pakistani PM's decision to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony

GlobalPost - ‎16 hours ago‎
NEW DELHI, May 24 (Xinhua) -- India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday welcomed Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's decision to attend Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony as Indian Prime Minister in the national capital on ...

Nawaz Sharif likely to attend Modi's swearing-in

India Today - ‎May 22, 2014‎
Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistan Prime Minister who often sings a peace tune but more than often acts in stealth mode against India, may accept the invitation to Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's oath-taking ceremony on Monday. And that despite his ...

Religious hardliners accuse Nawaz Sharif of 'appeasement' following his ...

Daily Mail - ‎1 hour ago‎
Pakistan's jihadis and religious hardliners are up in arms over Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's decision to accept Narendra Modi's invitation to attend his swearing-in ceremony, with Lashkar-e-Tayyeba founder Hafiz Saeed linking the visit to the Kashmir ...

Workers of Shiv Sena party protest against invitation sent to Nawaz Sharif

The Nation - ‎13 hours ago‎
The protest, which was led by J&K Shiv Sena Chief Ashok Gupta, who has voiced his discontent with the invitation sent to the Pakistan Prime Minister, Indian media report. It has been reported that an effigy of Sharif was also set on fire. This is not the first ...

Pak foreign office for Nawaz Sharif's India visit

Times of India - ‎May 23, 2014‎
In fact it is already shattered." However, a senior diplomat quoting Pakistan foreign office sources told the Dawn newspaper, "The Foreign office has made the recommendation (for Sharif to visit New Delhi) and the decision will most likely be in favour. It will be ...

Before Taking Office in India, Modi Sends an Invitation to Pakistan

New York Times - ‎May 21, 2014‎
NEW DELHI — India's incoming prime minister, Narendra Modi, on Wednesday invited his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, to attend his swearing-in ceremony next week, an unusual gesture that has inspired hopes that the change in government will lead ...

India's Modi Invites Pakistan Leader to May 26 Inauguration

Businessweek - ‎May 21, 2014‎
Tasnim Aslam, a spokeswoman for Pakistan's foreign ministry, said by phone that no invitation has been received yet. The visit would be Sharif's first to India since becoming prime minister. His predecessor, Raja Pervez Ashraf, visited India in March 2013 and ...

Pak continues suspense on attendance

Business Standard - ‎May 22, 2014‎
Siddique-ul-Farooq, spokesman for his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz said Sharif was most likely to “reciprocate the goodwill gesture extended by the new government” in India. Sources did not also rule out the fact that an important representative of his ...

'Narendra Modi not to be nationalist but pragmatic towards China, Pakistan'

Zee News - ‎May 23, 2014‎
Beijing: Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi will follow more "pragmatic" policies towards China and Pakistan despite his nationalistic postures during the election campaign, official Chinese media said on Friday.

No clarity yet on Pak PM's decision on attending Modi's swearing-in event

IBNLive - ‎May 21, 2014‎
New Delhi: Amidst speculations on whether Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi, ruling party PML-N leader Siddiq-ul Farooq said that the Pakistan PM is likely to accept Modi's ...

Nawaz-Modi meeting: reciprocity will be the key

Daily Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
In some ways, it may be a typical ceremony on May 27, but the record triumph Mr Modi has secured for his party in elections makes it significant for his domestic audience and keen international observers, especially when a Pakistani premier makes it to his ...

Pakistani journalists, politicians positive about PM Nawaz Sharif attending ...

Daily News & Analysis - ‎10 hours ago‎
Pakistani journalists and politicians alike welcomed the decision of their Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit India and attend the ceremony swearing Narendra Modi in as the Prime Minister of India. While Sharif's daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, tweeted ...

Congress criticises BJP for inviting Pak PM to Modi's swearing-in

Zee News - ‎May 22, 2014‎
New Delhi: Congress today attacked BJP over sending an invitation to Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi, reminding the party of its earlier remarks that terror and talks cannot go hand in ...

Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif yet to decide on Narendra Modi invite

Livemint - ‎May 22, 2014‎
Photo: AFP. Pakistan will announce later in the day whether its Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend the swearing-in ceremony of prime minister-elect Narendra Modi early next week, Pakistan's foreign office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said on Thursday.

Don't talk, just pose with Nawaz Sharif: Congress' friendly advice to Narendra Modi

Daily News & Analysis - ‎22 hours ago‎
Notwithstanding the fact that Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi stumped the diplomatic community by inviting eight South Asian leaders for his oath taking ceremony on Monday, the Congress on Friday asked him to limit his interaction with Pakistan ...

Nawaz accepts invitation to visit India to appease US and India: Sheikh Rasheed ...

The Nation - ‎8 hours ago‎
Reacting to the matter, chairman of Pakistan Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said the matter of PM Nawaz Sharif visit to India had been decided in the meeting between Army Chief and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif a day before ...

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to accept Narendra Modi's invitation

Deccan Chronicle - ‎May 21, 2014‎
There is no word from Pakistan officially yet, but a top aide of Mr Sharif said in Islamabad that the Pakistan PM would respond “positively” to the invitation. “We are yet to officially get the invitation. It is in the media. When we receive the invitation formally, we ...

Nawaz Sharif's acceptance to Narendra Modi's invite important step for ties ...

Economic Times - ‎12 hours ago‎
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today hailed Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif's decision to attend the swearing-in of Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi and said the two leaders have showed that they will not allow ...

Pakistan to award 3G, 4G licenses to bidders on May 23

Times of India - ‎May 22, 2014‎
ISLAMABAD: Cash-strapped Pakistan will award 3G & 4G mobile spectrum licenses to successful bidders tomorrow that is likely to provide Rs 260 billion additional revenue to the exchequer. The venue and timing of the ceremony has not been revealed due ..

Nawaz Sharif's India trip: Why Modi won't be a pushover

Firstpost - ‎13 hours ago‎
The die has been cast. The diplomatic gauntlet Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi had thrown to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by inviting him — and leaders of seven SAARC countries and Mauritius — for his swearing-in ceremony on 26 May ...

Nawaz Sharif will attend Narendra Modi`s swearing-in ceremony, tweets ...

Zee News - ‎May 22, 2014‎
The Pakistan Foreign Office had, meanwhile, said Prime Minister Sharif will decide on Friday whether or not to attend Modi's oath-taking ceremony and noted that it expects a "meaningful dialogue" with India after Modi assumes charge. In the meantime ...

MAIL TODAY COMMENT: Sharif visit is thanks to Modi

Daily Mail - ‎56 minutes ago‎
PM designate Narendra Modi's dramatic diplomatic push and Nawaz Sharif's reciprocity may not have endeared them with the 'deep state' in Pakistan.Pakistan's power structure is peculiarly trifurcated – with the 'Khakis' read Army Generals and the jehadi ...

Will Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attend Narendra Modi's oath ceremony?

Daily News & Analysis - ‎May 22, 2014‎
He is still considering whether or not to attend the swearing in ceremony, and a final decision will be taken by Thursday evening after consultations withPakistan's civil and military leaders, officials said. Pakistan's foreign office has confirmed that the formal ...

Sharif, other Saarc heads invited for Modi swearing-in

Times of India - ‎May 21, 2014‎
NEW DELHI: Even before officially taking charge, Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi unfurled his first initiative to spruce up India's foreign policy by extending an unprecedented invite to Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and other SAARC government heads ...

Pakistan PM Sharif to attend swearing-in of Indian counterpart Modi

Bayoubuzz - ‎4 hours ago‎
... Party won a resounding election victory. As well as attending the ceremony, Sharif will have a bilateral meeting with Modi on Tuesday and will also meet with Indian President Shri Pranab Mukherjee, according to a statement from Pakistan's Foreign Ministry.

Narendra Modi should have asked Nawaz Sharif to bring Dawood along: JP ...

Daily News & Analysis - ‎20 hours ago‎
Congress leader JP Agarwal on Saturday said that Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi should have asked Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to get Dawood Ibrahim along with him in his oath taking ceremony. "Modi should have asked Nawaz Sharif ...

HotSpot: Oaths and swearing-ins

Arab News - ‎4 hours ago‎
In real terms Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif faces more flak for accepting Mr.Modi's invitation to his oath taking ceremony. Though one does not expect any major breakthrough it is at least a step in the right direction. Paradoxically, the words oath and ...

Pakistan PM Sharif invited for Modi's swearing-in ceremony

Moneycontrol.com - ‎May 21, 2014‎
Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi has reportedly invited Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as well as other South Asian leaders to his swearing-in ceremony on May 26, according to a party spokesperson. The forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is ...

Narendra Modi-watching in Pakistan

Financial Express - ‎May 21, 2014‎
Now that the BJP's Narendra Modi has been elected India's new prime minister, Pakistani commentators are speculating about how he will behave towards Pakistan, and vice versa. Politicians are up to their usual funny tricks and some are using Modi as a ...

Modi's offer to Pakistan is a 'game changer'

The Sunday Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
THEY have fought three wars since independence in 1947, but an encounter this week between India's new leader, Narendra Modi, and Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, promises to usher in an historic breakthrough in relations between the two ...

“Modi will take more assertive actions; be prepared for that”

The News on Sunday - ‎1 hour ago‎
Riaz Khokhar, former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, has served in India for ten years as a diplomat in the late 1980s till late 1990s, including being Pakistan'shigh commissioner to India from 1992-1997. He has also served as Pakistan's ambassador to the ...

Modi to Use Courtship by World Leaders to Aid India's Growth

Bloomberg - ‎May 22, 2014‎
Modi will need to balance his call for stronger borders with nuclear-armed neighbors Pakistan and China against a need to boost gross domestic product in Asia's third-biggest economy from near a decade low. He comes to power as Japan and Southeast ...

Shiv Sena decides not to rock Modi boat on Sharif invite

Business Standard - ‎May 22, 2014‎
The Shiv Sena, which rode on the Narendra Modi wave in Maharashtra, is not in a mood to spoil the party, at least for now. The saffron party, which does not shy away from taking an aggressive stand against Pakistan, preferred not to comment on Prime ...

Olive branch: Modi invites Nawaz to inauguration

PakTribune.com - ‎May 23, 2014‎
NEW DELHI: Indian prime minister-designate Narendra Modi on Wednesday invited the leaders of Pakistan and other neighbours to his inauguration next week in an unprecedented move, signalling his aspirations to be a regional leader. Prime Minister ...

Critics say Sharif trampling on 'national interest' en route to Delhi

Pakistan Today - ‎7 hours ago‎
Terming the PM's decision to visit India inappropriate, he said Sharif is PM of Pakistan and he should be concerned about the interests of Pakistan, adding that the PM should review his decision to visit India. “There will be no improvement in Pakistan-India ...

India Invites Pakistan to Narendra Modi's Swearing-In

Wall Street Journal (India) (blog) - ‎May 21, 2014‎
In the past, he has criticized the rival Congress party's stance on territorial disputes with China and on border skirmishes with Pakistan. His party, the BJP, won 282 of the 543 elected seats in Parliament this month. The Congress party, which previously led the ...

US lauds Narendra Modi's invitation to SAARC leaders

Daily News & Analysis - ‎May 21, 2014‎
The US today welcomed Indian government's initiative to invite SAARC leaders to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi and said increased engagement between India and Pakistan is a "positive step". "Broadly speaking, we ...

India's Modi to invite Pakistan's Sharif to inauguration

www.worldbulletin.net - ‎May 21, 2014‎
Narendra Modi has invited the leaders of Pakistan and other neighbours to his inauguration as prime minister, a spokeswoman for his party said on Wednesday, in a bold step to embark on a policy of regional engagement. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz ...

Unprecedented: Nawaz accepts Modi's invitation

Daily Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
FO spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told the weekly press briefing that Pakistan would bring all outstanding issues on the table with India if any meeting of Nawaz Sharif took place anytime with Narendra Modi. She said that Pakistan had expectations that India ...

The Peace Slap

The New Indian Express - ‎47 minutes ago‎
It's as if the ancient physician was diagnosing India's Pakistan affliction. The last Congress Prime Minister Manmohan Singh created enough opportunities to be laughed at byPakistan. The dangerous experience of dealing with India's treacherous neighbour ...

Making sense of the mandate

The News on Sunday - ‎43 minutes ago‎
Some years ago, a top leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind explained to a Pakistani friend, who I had accompanied to the JuH headquarters in New Delhi, that after partition the elders of the party had taken a conscious decision to stay away from competitive ...

It's show of democracy: Arun Jaitley

Deccan Chronicle - ‎1 hour ago‎
Invitation to Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse had raised eyebrows, with the Congress saying it was not the right time for holding talks with Pakistan and several Tamil parties asking the BJP to rethink on inviting the Sri ...

Bilateral Meeting Package Rolled into Sharif's Visit

The New Indian Express - ‎44 minutes ago‎
NEW DELHI: Ending days of suspense and overcoming domestic opposition, Pakistan on Saturday finally announced that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend the swearing-in ceremony of PM-designate Narendra Modi on Monday, after which a bilateral ...

Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar welcomes Sharif's decision

Deccan Chronicle - ‎1 hour ago‎
Srinagar: Political parties and leaders in Jammu and Kashmir have welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's decision to attend the swearing-in ceremony of PM-designate Narendra Modi, terming it a “wise historical move”. Chief Minister Omar ...

Post-poll Diplomacy: It's a Win-win Situation for Modi

The New Indian Express - ‎47 minutes ago‎
Modi's willingness to engage Pakistan early in his tenure surprised many, given the hard line he adopted during his campaign. In September, Modi had lashed out at former PM Manmohan Singh for holding what he called a “biryani meeting” with Pakistani PM ...

Whither India?

Trinidad & Tobago Express - ‎1 hour ago‎
The RSS is a Nazi-type organisation that was formed back in the 1920s, During the partitioning of India-Pakistan in 1947 (for which I've always blamed Mohammed Jinnah and the British), RSS “soldiers” committed the worst atrocities against Muslims.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif still in a bind over Narendra Modi's invite

Economic Times - ‎May 22, 2014‎
NEW DELHI: Hours after indicating on Thursday that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could attend the swearing-in ceremony of his counterpart Narendra Modi, apparent pressure from hardliners forced the Islamabad administration on the back foot and ...

BJP delighted at Sharif's nod, Congress wants terror issues raised

Firstpost - ‎14 hours ago‎
"They have also periodically been raising the issue of the return of Dawood Ibrahim, who allegedly is being sheltered by the establishment in Pakistan. So, we hope that BJP remains true to the position it has taken over the past ten years and raises these ...

It's Pakistan's Army that will decide whether Nawaz Sharif will attend Modi's ...

Daily Mail - ‎May 23, 2014‎
Even as speculation abounds whether the Army leadership will convey a green signal to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend the Indian Prime Minister's swearing in ceremony on May 26, persisting civil-military dissonance in Pakistan needs to be ...

Pakistan, China and Japan to receive high priority under Narendra Modi's ...

Economic Times - ‎May 23, 2014‎
People belonging to a small team working closely with Modi's core team on major foreign policy and security policy matters told ET that Modi's invitation to all Saarc leaders, including Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif, was "just the beginning of a redefined and ...

Why Modi's invite to Sharif is no olive branch to Pakistan

Firstpost - ‎22 hours ago‎
This conveys quite a lotas among other SAARC heads of governments the Indian invitation was sent to Pakistan as well. This is a clever move by Modi and shows that he has not only hit the ground running in matters related to foreign policy but also that he is ..

Pakistan Premier to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony

nation.lk - The Nation Newspaper - ‎4 hours ago‎
Like all other heads of government from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) which includes Pakistan, Sharif had also been formally invited by India this week. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to visit India and attend the ...

Pakistan PM Sharif Agrees Invitation to Attend Modi Swearing-in Monday

Microfinance Monitor - ‎17 hours ago‎
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 ..

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