PDP hails Modi decision

SRINAGAR: The Peoples Democratic Party has welcomed the Prime Minister designate, Narena Modi’s decision to invite SAARC leaders including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony onMay 26.

In a statement the party’s President Mehbooba Mufti said this was a positive beginning that would generate hope among the people belonging to the large peace constituency in South Asia. “It is encouraging to see Modi reaching out to his neighbors at the very beginning of his tenure as the Prime Minister. He has actually sent out an encouraging signal that he is serious to follow the Atal Bihari Vajpayee initiatives of friendship towards Pakistan,” said Mehbooba.

Expressing hope that the Pakistan Prime Minister who already has extended invitation to Modi to visit his country would respond positively to the invite, Mehbooba said Jammu and Kashmir looked up with renewed hope to a new beginning on resolution of Kashmir. She said Nawaz Sharif has already been part of a significant initiative on Indo Pak front when he hosted Vajpayee in Lahore and should now respond positively to the Modi invite as also the loud clamor for peace in his own country that is facing tremendous problems of violence.

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