If Nawaz Sharif attends the oath taking ceremony, then will it bring any normalcy in the relations between India and Pakistan? Is Modi having some concrete plans in his mind toward dealing the problem of Pak-sponsored terrorism, that he wants to execute during his meeting with Pak PM?
Salman Haidar, a former foreign secretary and former India's High Commissioner to London has to say that Modi's invitation to Nawaz Sharif shows his readiness to engage with Pakistan.
“It will show the readiness to engage with Pakistan, this is what I assume is the intention of the incoming prime minister. Obviously it is a terrible gesture that shows his readiness to engage with Pakistan, but beyond that I don't think we can say anything. Whether he accepts the invitations or not is secondary, gesture has been made by the incoming prime minister, if he accepts the invitation and comes here then there will be interaction between them, and then we will have to see where that interaction is leading to,” said Haidar.
Dr. Chintamani Mahapatra, professor of international studies at JNU, analyzed the pros of accepting the invitation and cons of not accepting it.
He said, “If Nawaz Sharif is sincere enough, he will personally attend the swearing in ceremony, it will show that army and ISI are not against this move. But if he does not attend the ceremony and sends an envoy, then it will be a signal that there are defence and political problems within Pakistan, which are holding him back.”
He also added that during this particular meeting there won't be any discussion on bilateral issues, but will open up gates for it.
Rajeev Chandrashekhar, an independent Member of Parliament in the upper house of Rajya Sabha who represents Karnataka state, while reacting on the invitation sent out by Modi to Sharif said in a Facebook post said that the invitation to Heads of the neighboring countries to attend his swearing-in ceremony is a bold and welcome move.
“It shows confidence, good intent and signals Modi’s intention to foster friendly relationship with our neighbours. This unprecedented gesture will make it first time neighboring countries Heads of States have been invited to the swearing-in of an Indian PM and is consistent with Narendra Modi’s beliefs in “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” – "World is a family"!”
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