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BJP ‘delighted’ as PM Nawaz confirms attending Modi’s swearing in

NEW DELHI: Bhartia Janta Party (BJP) on Saturday expressed its "delight" at the decision of Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister, while the outgoing Congress urged the new government of India to discuss issues like cross-border terrorism, slow paced trial of 26/11 attackers and handing over of Dawood Ibrahim with the Pakistan premier – foreign media reported.

"This is a delightful piece of news that Pakistan's Prime Minister has accepted Narendra Modi's invitation … this is the beginning of a new relationship. It is good news," said BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar. He added Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar are India's neighbors. "And neighbors cannot be changed".

But Congress demonstrated a diplomatic attitude to the development. Outgoing Union minister Manish Tewari reminded that BJP has all along maintained that terror and talks cannot go together.

He hoped that after taking charge of office, the BJP government would raise the issue of slow paced trail of 26/11 attacks — an issue "which had been troubling them".

"They have also periodically been raising the issue of the return of Dawood Ibrahim and it is hoped that BJP remains true to the position it has taken over the past ten years and raises these issues with the Prime Minister of Pakistan when he visits India," Tewari said.

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