India not to send any representative for Pak National Day reception this year 

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WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 21, 2019, 10.28 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

India will not send any representative for Pakistan National Day reception on Friday as Pakistani High Commission has extended an invitation to Hurriyat representatives for the event. Pakistani national day is marked on 23rd March every year.

The development comes on the back of Pulwama terror attack on February 14 which killed more than 40 Indian CRPF personnel.

On Pakistan National Day (March 23) Muslim League passed the Lahore resolution calling for the formation of Pakistan on March 23, 1940. Pakistan adopted its first constitution on March 23, 1956. 

This year Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be the chief guest at the Pakistan Day Parade in Islamabad.

In the recent past, India had sent the minister of state in the ministry of external affairs Gen V.K. Singh, Former minister of state in the ministry of external affairs MJ Akbar and minister of state in agriculture ministry Gajendra Singh Shekhawat as New Delhi's representative to the national day.

It is part of a diplomatic tradition that a host country is invited to importation national events by any embassy or high commission and the host country deputies a political representative according to the nature of relationship it has.

India has been taking a strong stance against Pakistan's outreach to Hurriyat. In January this year, India summoned the Pakistani high commissioner Sohail Mahmood after Pakistani Foreign Minister SM Qureshi spoke to Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.