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India boycotted Pakistan National Day reception on Friday as Pakistani High Commission had extended an invitation to Hurriyat representatives for the event.
While the Pakistani National Day is celebrated on March 23 every year, its high commission is celebrating it a day earlier.
India's boycott of the event hosted by the Pakistan High Commission comes amid tension between the two countries after the Pulwama terror attack. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack. Diplomatic ties between New Delhi and Islamabad also weakened because of the tension.
According to media reports, the decision is also driven by Delhi’s objection to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi calling up the Hurriyat leaders in February. India had objected to Qureshi calling up Hurriyat leaders, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, ahead of an event organized in London to mark Islamabad’s solidarity with a Kashmir-related event.
In 2015, after attending Pakistan’s National Day reception, General (retd) VK Singh posted a series of tweets. “#DUTY A task or action that a person is bound to perform for moral or legal reasons,” he tweeted. “#DUTY The force that binds one morally or legally to one’s obligations… #DUTY A job or service allocated,” he tweeted.
“#DISGUST To sicken or fill with loathing… #DISGUST To offend the moral sense, principles, or taste of,” he tweeted. He later sought to control the damage by saying that the media was “twisting” the issue.
Pakistan national day is the day when the Muslim League passed the Lahore resolution calling for the formation of Pakistan on March 23, 1940. Pakistan on March 23, 1956, also adopted its first constitution.