Modi excludes Shehbaz from swearing-in ceremony invite.

by Abbas Adil

Shafaqna India: Indian Prime Minister Modi has omitted inviting Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to his third-term swearing-in ceremony, extending invitations to all neighboring heads of government except Pakistan. This decision was confirmed by the Foreign Office Spokesperson, Ms. Mumtaz Zehra Baloch, on Sunday morning, emphasizing that there has been no communication between the two capitals regarding this matter.

Addressing another inquiry, she clarified that PM Shehbaz Sharif has not conveyed his felicitations to Modi on his election victory thus far. Following India’s annexation of occupied Kashmir in August 2019, Pakistan and India downgraded their diplomatic relations to the Charge d’Affaires level. Consequently, Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner from Islamabad, and India reciprocated in the same manner. Since then, both countries have been without High Commissioners in their respective capitals.

It’s worth noting that PM Nawaz Sharif attended Modi’s oath-taking ceremony in 2014, during which he was accorded significant protocol in New Delhi.

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