India mission in Pakistan invites Imran Khan to Iftar party on June 1

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India May 28, 2019, 02.37 PM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

File photo: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Photograph:( AFP )

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The mission invites all dignitaries each year and normally Prime Minister never comes.

The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has organised an Iftar party on  June 1 and has extended an invitation to Pakistani leadership including Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Other invited Pakistani dignitaries include the Pakistani President Arif Alvi, the foreign secretary Sohail Mahmood, Senate Chairman and the speaker of the national assembly. 

The mission invites all dignitaries each year and normally Prime Minister never comes.

Ties between India and Pakistan are frayed in the aftermath Pulwama terror attack. On Sunday, Imran Khan called India's Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi and congratulated him on his re-election.

During the conversation, PM-designate Modi "stressed that creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism" which is "essential for fostering cooperation for peace, progress and prosperity in our region," the ministry of external affairs said.

Sunday's call was the first conversation between the two leaders after the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 in which more than 40 Indian security personnel had died. Pakistan based and United Nations listed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed took responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, no invitation has been extended to Imran Khan for the oath-taking ceremony of Narendra Modi on May 30.

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in the second week of June will be the first time both leaders will be under the same roof, though it is not confirmed whether they will meet.