Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan on his country's national day, the Pakistan premier claimed in a tweet. Modi's greetings came at a time when the Centre boycotted the Pakistan National Day celebrations at its High Commission in New Delhi
"Received message from PM Modi: 'I extend my greetings and best wishes to the people of Pakistan on the National Day of Pakistan.
"It is time that people of sub-continent work together for a democratic, peaceful, progressive and prosperous region, in an atmosphere free of terror and violence," Khan quoted Modi as saying.
Received msg from PM Modi: "I extend my greetings & best wishes to the people of Pakistan on the National Day of Pakistan. It is time that ppl of Sub-continent work together for a democratic, peaceful, progressive & prosperous region, in an atmosphere free of terror and violence"— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 22, 2019
I welcome PM Modi's message to our people. As we celebrate Pakistan Day I believe it is time to begin a comprehensive dialogue with India to address & resolve all issues, esp the central issue of Kashmir, & forge a new relationship based on peace & prosperity for all our people.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 22, 2019
The Congress on Friday asked the prime minister's office (PMO) to confirm if Narendra Modi has exchanged greetings with his Pakistani counterpart on the eve of their National Day after India boycotted a function at the Pakistan High Commission here.
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi asked whether Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's claims that Modi extended his greetings to him on Pakistan's National Day was correct.
"I would hope the @PMOIndia clarifies that what Imran Khan has tweeted is the correct version of greetings exchanged or whether if they have been exchanged at all, especially after the function was boycotted in India by the govt. The nation would want to know...," she said on Twitter.
I would hope the @PMOIndia clarifies that what Imran Khan has tweeted is the correct version of greetings exchanged or whether if they have been exchanged at all, especially after the function was boycotted in India by the govt. The nation would want to know... https://t.co/zqDVf2lUuK— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) March 22, 2019
India, earlier in the evening, boycotted a reception at the Pakistan High Commission here to mark Pakistan's National Day, objecting to invites extended to several separatist leaders from Jammu and Kashmir for the event.
The External Affairs Ministry said no Indian representative will attend similar events in Islamabad as well. Over the years, India's representation at the annual event has been at the level of a Union minister.
"India has decided not to send any representative to attend the Pakistan National Day celebrations today. This decision was taken after the Pakistan High Commission decided to invite representatives of the Hurriyat Conference to the reception," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar earlier said.
India-Pakistan relations have sunk to a low following the February 14 fidayeen attack on a CRPF patrol by a Jaish-e-Mohammad operative, killing 40 paramilitary pesonnel. India retaliated with an airstrike on a Jaish training camp in Balakot on February 26. Pakistan retaliated with aerial incursions inside Jammu sector. India has blamed Pakistan for harbouring terrorists on its soil who attack India.
(With agency inputs)