ISLAMABAD – The majority of the federal cabinet wants Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend the oath taking ceremony of would-be Indian premier Narendar Modi.
According to the sources privy to power corridors of Islamabad, Nawaz Sharif held initial consultation on Thursday after receiving the invitation from India.
Sources told that even if Nawaz Sharif would not be able to attend the oath taking ceremony any of his representative would go there.
“Inviting all South Asian country’s leaders at the ceremony was in fact for indirectly inviting the premier of Pakistan,” one source said. The source also maintained that until now, no final decision was taken in the matter. “Final decision would be taken after holding consultation with all stakeholders and coalition partners,” source said further.
PakistanTribe reported earlier that Prime Minister House confirmed receiving the invitation for Nawaz Sharif to attend the oath taking ceremony of Indian nominated Prime Minister Narendar Modi.
The analysts and veteran diplomats in Pakistan hold a mixed stance over this invitation. Some see it as a chance to revive relation with a new government from day one. While others believe it would be too early to make any move.
Sherry Rehman, the former ambassador of Pakistan in US, said “Consider everything and also consider what message you would send to the new government in India by refusing this invitation.”