In­dian PM wishes Pak­ista­nis on In­de­pen­dence Day

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Fri­day ex­tended greet­ings to the peo­ple of Pak­istan on the coun­try's 68th birth­day.

The In­dian premier in a tweet ex­tended his good wishes to Pak­ista­nis. Modi's greet­ing come in the midst of ten­sion be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan due to re­cent skir­mishes along the Line of Con­trol. Ear­lier in this month, 3 peo­ple were killed and at least 22 in­jured as In­dian and Pak­istani se­cu­rity forces ex­changed fire in across the Work­ing Bound­ary in Sialkot. A bor­der ceasefire agree­ment signed by the neigh­bours in 2003 has largely held, but both fre­quently ac­cuse each other of breach­ing it. Ad­viser to the Prime Min­is­ter on For­eign Af­fairs and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Sar­taj Aziz will visit New Delhi for se­cu­rity talks on Au­gust 23, he said on Thurs­day, in In­dia's first at­tempt in months to restart talks. "I can con­firm that I will be go­ing to In­dia on Au­gust 23," Sar­taj Aziz told a news con­fer­ence.

Aziz had said his visit was "not a break­through in terms of com­pos­ite di­a­logue and all the is­sues but at least it is an ice break­ing on some is­sues.. and let's hope it will lead to fur­ther more com­pre­hen­sive di­a­logue on the other is­sues be­tween the two coun­tries".

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and his In­dian coun­ter­part Naren­dra Modi, in their meet­ing at Ufa (Rus­sia) in July, had agreed that a meet­ing of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vis­ers (NSAs) would be con­vened to "dis­cuss all is­sues con­nected to ter­ror­ism". On the other hand, In­dia once again suc­cumbed to her in­tran­si­gence and long­time rigid­ity as Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force (BSF) re­fused to ac­cept sweets of­fered to them at Wa­gah Bor­der dur­ing In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions.

A stun­ning flag hoist­ing cer­e­mony was or­gan­ised at the bor­der. Rangers Di­rec­tor Gen­eral (DG) Ma­jor Gen­eral Umer Fa­rooq Barki hoisted the flag. Sweets were dis­trib­uted among the peo­ple who had come to re­visit the mag­nif­i­cence of the his­toric day. The bor­der forces, like In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions in the past, of­fered sweets to the BSF how­ever, the In­dian author­i­ties re­fused to take part in neigh­bour's cel­e­bra­tions.

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