Pak PM sends ‘felicitations’ to Prime Minister Modi; Nawaz Sharif says let’s replace hate with hope

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday sent “felicitations” to Narendra Modi on taking oath as the Prime Minister of India for the third consecutive time.

In a short message on X, Shehbaz wrote, “Felicitations to Narendra Modi on taking oath as Prime Minister of India.”

Prime Minister Modi and his Council of Ministers took oath in a historic ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi on Sunday.

While dozens of global leaders have sent congratulatory messages, Pakistan PM’s message to his Indian counterpart holds quite a significance considering the tense relationship between the neighbouring nations during the past two terms of the Modi government.

“PM Shehbaz’s felicitation message shows clearly the rift that persists between the two countries. The message didn’t show any sign of warmth or express hopes of working towards normalisation of relations between the two countries. Instead, it seemed more like a forced formality that the premier had to undertake,” said senior political analyst Javed Siddique.

It should also be noted that PM Modi did not extend an invitation to Pakistan to participate in the swearing-in ceremony like he did in 2014 when then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was invited.

Interestingly, a vast difference is also seen in the messages sent to PM Modi on Monday by PM Shehbaz Sharif and by his elder brother Nawaz Sharif, the President of the country’s ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

In his message to the Indian PM, Nawaz Sharif congratulated him on assuming office for the third consecutive time and expressed hope of “replacing hate with hope” for better future progress of the two nations.

“My warm felicitations to Modi Ji on assuming office for the third time. Your party’s success in recent elections reflects the confidence of the people in your leadership. Let us replace hate with hope and seize the opportunity to shape the destiny of the two billion people of South Asia,” he posted on X.

While PM Shehbaz enjoys a close relationship with the country’s powerful establishment currently running a coalition government, his elder brother is seen as a leader who refuses to fall in line with the country’s military.

Having failed to secure a majority to form the government after the general polls held in February this year, Nawaz Sharif is managing party politics through his daughter and Chief Minister of Punjab province, Maryam Nawaz Sharif.

PM Modi’s close relations with Nawaz Sharif also became evident when he made a surprise visit to Lahore in 2015 on the latter’s invitation and even spent time at Sharif’s Jati Umra residence.

Analysts feel that considering the stance taken by the BJP-led NDA during campaigning over the past few weeks, it is unlikely that the relationship between the two countries will improve during the third term of the Modi government. –IANS

Weather Contrast: Heavy rainfall likely in Bengal, Assam; no respite from heatwave in north India

New Delhi: Even as northern India reels under scorching heat, the Met Office has predicted respite for the eastern and northeastern parts of the country, with heavy to very heavy...

11 dead, over 60 missing in shipwrecks off Italian coast

Rome: Two shipwrecks occurred on Monday off the Italian coasts, killing at least 11 migrants, while another 66 remain missing, the Italian authorities said. A search and rescue operation by...

Bengal train accident: Railway Minister announces enhanced ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for victims’ kin

New Delhi: Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has announced an enhanced ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the kin of those who lost their lives in the Kanchanjungha Express train...

Bengal train accident: Death toll rises to 9, 41 injured

Kolkata: The death toll in the train accident in West Bengal's Darjeeling district where a goods train hit the Silchar-Kolkata Kanchanjunga Express on Monday morning has risen to nine, officials...

India among 12 countries that avoid signing final communique of Ukraine Peace Summit

New Delhi: India on Sunday said that it has decided to "avoid association with the joint communique or any other document" emerging from the two-day 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine'...

Israel announces ‘tactical pause’ in Gaza military offensive

Tel Aviv: The Israeli military said that it will conduct a daily "tactical pause" in its activities in the south of the Gaza Strip to allow more aid deliveries.  ...

Will keep working together to further global good, says PM Modi after meeting US President Biden

Apulia (Italy): Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with several world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, after the conclusion of the G7 Summit's Outreach Session in Italy's Borgo Egnazia on...

EU ‘in principle’ agrees on frameworks for Ukraine, Moldova accession talks

Brussels: The Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) has announced that EU ambassadors agreed "in principle" on the negotiating frameworks for the accession talks of Ukraine...

Several houses set afire in Manipur’s Jiribam in fresh outbreak of violence

Jiribam (Manipur): In fresh violence in Manipur's trouble-torn Jiribam district, several houses in Borobekra subdivision were set afire by unknown persons early on Friday, police said. According to the police,...

US, Ukraine sign long-term security agreement at G7

Bari (Italy): The Presidents of the US and Ukraine have signed an agreement laying out Washington's long-term security relationship with Kiev on the sidelines of the G7 in southern Italy...

Ukraine comes under massive Russian air attacks

Kyiv: An air-raid alert was issued throughout Ukraine early Friday as the country was hit by a series of air attacks by Russian forces, the Ukrainian Air Force said in...

Kuwait fire tragedy: Death toll of Keralites goes up to 24 from 19, seven serious

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Thursday announced that the death toll of Keralites has gone up to 24 in the fire that broke out in a labour camp in Kuwait....

Read Previous

PM Modi signs first file for farmers’ welfare

Read Next

Real Madrid confirm, they ‘will compete as planned’ in FIFA Club World Cup after Ancelotti remarks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By :