India chooses not to invite PM Khan for Modi’s swearing-in ceremony
New Delhi: India will not invite Pakistani PM Imran Khan to the swearing-in ceremony Thursday of Narendra Modi, according to two sources.
Any early warming in ties between the India and Pakistan now seems unlikely in light of how the nuclear-armed neighbours came close to a fourth war following February’s Pulwama incident that left 40 Indian CRPF jawans.
An Indian government statement on Monday said the leaders of Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Bhutan have been invited to Modi’s swearing-in.
The leaders of Kyrgyzstan and Mauritius have also been invited but sources in Indian’s foreign ministry were quoted as saying that Pakistan will not be on the list, without providing further information.
For the swearing-in ceremony for Modi’s first term in 2014, all nations from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) — which includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Maldives — were invited.