India omits invitation to Pakistan on Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

Diplomatic relationship between India and Pakistan seems not in the good mood while Narendra Modi is set to start his second term as prime minister of India.

In the swearing-in ceremony Thursday India has omitted inviting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Foreign ministry sources said the move could be early warning in ties between the two neighbors.

Both the countries have fought three wars since 1947 when independence was gained. Earlier this year in February they came close to another war following a suicide attack by Pakistan-based militant group in India that killed more than forty paramilitary personnel.

Meanwhile, it is learned leaders of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal are invited to Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi.

A government spokesman said, “This is in line with Government’s focus on its Neighborhood First policy.”

Leaders of Mauritius and Kyrgyzstan have also been invited.

In 2014, during the first term swearing-in ceremony of Modi the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was invited. It angered some of his Hindu-nationalist allies.

Imran Khan meanwhile congratulated Modi on a telephonic call on his landslide win.

Paul Linus