Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif attended the oath taking ceremony of Narender Modi as Indian prime minister on Monday at Rashtarpati Bhawan in New Delhi. The ceremony was attended by leaders of SAARC countries, diplomats of various countries attended the ceremony, outgoing Indian PM Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Atal Behari Vajpaee, mother of Narender Modi and other Indian leaders also attended the ceremony. Nearly four thousand guests attended the ceremony. 44-member cabinet of Modi has also sworn in. PM Nawaz Shairf was received by outgoing Indian PM Dr Manmohan Singh and other leaders upon arrival at the Rashtarpati Bhawan.
Meanwhile in an interview with an Indian TV channel Prime Minister Nawaz Shairf said that a “strong mandate on both sides will help us start a new chapter.” Nawaz said he was looking forward to meeting Narendra Modi. He said Pakistan wants to resolve all issues with India including Kashmir and Cir Creek. Nawaz said that we have to end the sense of insecurity, instability in the region. Nawaz said we have to end the situation of no confidence against each other.
The meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi is scheduled to take place today (Tuesday). Prime Minister will also held meeting with Indian President Paranab Mukherjee today (Tuesday).
Prime Minister said: “This is a great moment and a great opportunity for India and Pakistan.” The prime minister added that he was in India to pick up threads that were broken in 1999.
The prime minister emphasised that no two nations ever possessed so much cultural and traditional similarities as India and Pakistan. “Why not turn their similarities into our strength.”
“Both countries should rid the region of instability and security that has plagued us for decades,” Prime Minister said.
“No two nations have ever possessed so much of cultural and traditional similarities as India and Pakistan. Why not turn the similarities into our strength?” said Nawaz Sharif.
“We should remove fears, mistrust and misgivings about each other. “Both countries should rid the region of instability and security that has plagued us for decades” he said. He said that the heavy mandate which has been shown by the masses of the both countries to the incumbent governments. He said Pakistan wants to keep relations with India on the equality basis.
The Prime Minister is accompanies by Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, Secretary to PM Javed Aslam, Aizaz Ahmed and son Hussain Nawaz.
It is the first time since the two countries won independence in 1947 that a prime minister from one state will attend such a ceremony in the other.
The event will provide an opportunity to the two sides to devise a strategy to normalize their relations and ensure peace in the region.
This is the first time that any Pakistani Prime Minister is attending the swearing in ceremony of Indian Prime Minister.
In a brief statement before leaving for India, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said forging close and cordial relations with all neighbors including India is the foremost priority of Pakistan.
He said he is carrying the message of peace and he will discuss all matters with the Indian leaderships. He said matters can only be resolved through negotiations.
Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit and high ranking Indian officials received the prime minister on arrival at the airport.