NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday expressed “delight” at the decision of Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Narendra Modi as prime minister of India on Monday.
“This is a delightful piece of news that the Pakistan prime minister has accepted Narendra Modi’s invitation... this is the beginning of a new relationship. It is a good news,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
He said that Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar were India’s neighbours. “And neighbours cannot be changed,” he added. However, the Congress reacted cautiously to the development. Outgoing Union Minister Manish Tewari reminded that the BJP had all along maintained that terror and talks could not go together. He hoped that after assuming the office, the BJP government would raise the issue of slow pace of trial of suspects of the 26/11 attacks – an issue “which had been troubling them.” He also said that the issue of people like Hafiz Saeed should also be raised.
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