On The Eve Of Pakistan’s National Day Imran Khan Says , ‘Received Msg From PM Modi’

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| March 23 , 2019 , 10:27 IST

On Pakistan's, National Day, Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted on Friday evening and said that he got a message from India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he extended his greetings to Pakistan and its people.

Imran Khan tweeted: “Received msg from PM Modi ‘I extend my greetings & best wishes to the people of Pakistan on the National Day of Pakistan. It is time that ppl of Sub-continent work together for a democratic, peaceful, progressive & prosperous region, in an atmosphere free of terror and violence.”

Khan’s tweet came on a day when the Government of India boycotted Pakistan’s National Day event in Delhi and the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad also announced that he would not be attending the same event in Islamabad.

In his next tweet, Mr. Khan added: “I welcome PM Modi's message to our people. As we celebrate Pakistan Day I believe it is time to begin a comprehensive dialogue with India to address & resolve all issues, esp the central issue of Kashmir, & forge a new relationship based on peace & prosperity for all our people.”

Pakistan Day is celebrated to mark the Lahore Resolution on March 23 each year.

While Islamabad will celebrate the day today, the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi organized events yesterday. India, however, did not send any representatives to the event as separatists from Jammu and Kashmir were also invited.

"The decision was taken after Pakistan High Commission decided to call Hurriyat leader to the reception. In February we were very clear, any attempt by Pakistan High Commission or Pakistani leadership to engage with Hurriyat leaders will not be taken lightly," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

In the past too, New Delhi has insisted that Pakistan hold talks with India directly on differences over Kashmir and other issues, and has discouraged Islamabad from having direct contact with the Hurriyat leaders.

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Tensions between the two countries have been heightened after the terror attack last month in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama which 40 Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF soldiers were killed. The attack had been claimed by Pak-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed which is led by Masood Azhar.

India has since then mounted diplomatic pressure to isolate Pakistan.