NEW DELHI – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been invited, along with heads of other SAARC nations, to attend swearing-in ceremony of India’s next prime minister Narendra Modi on May 26, according to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sources.
Nirmala Sitharaman, a spokeswoman for the Bharatiya Janata Party, said all heads of government from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation have been given invitations to be present at Modi's swearing in. Following the BJP’s success, Prime Minister Nawaz had phoned Narendra Modi to congratulate him on his party’s win and extended an invitation to him to visit Pakistan as soon as possible.
The invitations were welcomed by political parties in India, especially those in the state of Kashmir. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah hailed the invitations as an excellent move by Modi. "Hope this is the beginning of sustained talks," he tweeted. Congress Party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said his party welcomed the decision to invite regional leaders and would support any action that was beneficial for India.