Despite Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s best wishes to Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi on his landslide electoral victory, it seems that Modi has not came out of his “Pakistan-bashing” trend, as India will not invite Pakistani Prime Minister to the swearing-in ceremony.
An Indian government statement on Monday (May 27) said the leaders of Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Bhutan — all members of the little-known Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) alongside India — have been invited to Modi’s swearing-in. The leaders of Kyrgyzstan and Mauritius have also been invited but two sources in Indian’s foreign ministry said Pakistan will not be on the list, without providing further information.
Earlier In 2014, the then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended the ceremony to the anger of some of Modi’s Hindu-nationalist allies. Its worth mentioning that recent tensions between the two countries were started after February 14 suicide bombing in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) that left 40 Indian paramilitaries dead. New Delhi had launched a cross-border air raid and Islamabad hit back the next day, downing two Indian Air Force (IAF) jets and capturing one of their pilots.
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