Pak PM Nawaz Sharif likely to visit India for Narendra Modi`s swearing-in ceremony: Reports

The decision on Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif`s visit to India to attend his would be counterpart Narendra Modi`s swearing-in ceremony will be announced on Saturday.

By Tarun Khanna | Updated: May 23, 2014, 22:19 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Tarun Khanna

New Delhi: The decision on Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif`s visit to India to attend his would be counterpart Narendra Modi`s swearing-in ceremony will be announced on Saturday.

However, as per some reports, chances of Sharif`s attending the ceremony are more.

Moreover, Nawaz Sharif`s daughter has also hinted at the possibility of the former`s visit to India. She believes that cordial relations with new Indian govt should be reinforced.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Foreign Office, which was supposed to announce the decision today, has postponed it for tomorrow.
Modi, the Prime Minister-designate, had invited leaders of all SAARC countries for his swearing-in ceremony. His initiative has evoked a warm response with the Afghan, Maldivian and Sri Lankan Presidents and the Bhutanese and Nepalese Prime Ministers confirming their participation.

Bangladesh will be represented at the ceremony by its Parliament speaker.

Apart from leaders from SAARC countries, Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam will also attend the swearing-in.

Sources within Sharif`s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said that Prime Minister wanted to normalise ties with India to promote commercial and business activities.

He also said that any decision about going to India will be made by the evening after consultations with the civil and military leaders. Diplomatic sources said that unexpected move by India`s Prime Minister-designate has left Sharif with difficult choices.

"If he skipped the invitation it will send a very negative message to India and the world but the acceptance may bring backlash from the hardliners and hawks who consider Modi as anti-Pakistani," said a diplomat.

External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin on Thursday said in a series of tweets that India had received confirmation about participation of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom at Modi`s swearing-in on May 26.

Akbaruddin said India had also received confirmation that Bhutan`s Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay and Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala will attend, while Bangladesh has informed that Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will attend. He added Mauritius`s Ramgoolam had been invited to the swearing-in and had confirmed his participation.

(With Agencies inputs)