Sharif to visit India to attend Modi’s swearing-in ceremony I

Islamabad, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will travel to India on Monday to attend the swearing- in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi, ending the suspense over his visit amid reports that there was stiff opposition from hardliners in the establishment here.
An official of the Prime Minister Office told Here that Sharif accepted the invitation and will visit India on Monday to attend Modi’s oath-taking ceremony.He did not give the details about the visit and Sharif’s agenda but an official of the Foreign Office said that a separate meeting between the two prime ministers might take place where Pakistan will bring all issues on the table.Sharif took time before making a decision as he wanted to create consensus before travelling to Delhi.He spent two solid days talking to political parties, leaders and officials of the military. He rejected the impression that Pakistan took time, saying that consultations were essential as Modi had made hard hitting speeches against Pakistan during his election campaign.Radio Pakistan reported that the occasion will provide an opportunity to devise a strategy for moving forward toward bringing peace to the region and normalise ties with India for which Pakistan has always expressed determination and resolve.
The delay in Sharif confirming his attendance in the oath ceremony was attributed to opposition from hardliners in the army establishment.Modi has invited all the leaders of member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to the ceremony.

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