For the first time since its founding in 1947 a prime minister of India officially begin his term before his Pakistani counterpart. Nawaz Sharif, head of the Pakistani government, to attend Monday ‘s inauguration of the Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi.
India and Pakistan, which were united under the British colony, are bitter enemies, and nuclear powers have fought three wars since the partition.
Modi ‘s invitation to Sharif – made shortly after his landslide victory in the legislative – Pakistani accepted that this weekend is very relevant. Analysts point out that Modi, ultra-nationalist right-wing will have a tougher security policy that the government of the Congress Party and it will take more drastic measures against Islamist terror attacks on Indian soil origin.
Reactions after the confirmation of the visit had been positive. Including the governor of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir in India, Omar Abdullah, who tweeted ” very glad that the Pakistani prime minister accepted the invitation, shows that he can overcome adverse to good relations with India forces.” In a tone joke lamented the other leaders attending the inauguration, because the photo of the event will be the handshake between Sharif and Modi.
Analysts believe that for Sharif it was a difficult decision because it was faced with the most radical sectors in Pakistan. He even received a threat from Islamist group Lashkar -e- Toiba.
The invitation and Sharif’s visit is a master of diplomacy of the two countries, but much work remains to be done to improve relations between them. “It’s a good sign at many levels and we indicated that Modi has the mandate to make tough decisions. It will take initiatives and at least we are seeing that Sharif is open to them, “Ajai Sahni of Institute for Conflict says.
On Tuesday, the day after the inauguration, Modi and Sharif have a meeting analysts say it will be a first approach which is not expected to make important decisions, but it is an opportunity for future opportunities for dialogue. In a goodwill gesture, Islamabad has reported 150 Indian prisoners released from Pakistani jails coinciding with the inauguration.
Apart from Pakistan, leaders of other countries of South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) will attend the ceremony, as reported by the Foreign Ministry of India.
Another guest who has made headlines in India is the president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Governor of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, could not attend due to the policy of repression by the Government of Sri Lanka against Tamils in the island neighbor country.
Jayalalithaa and her party, the AIADMK are the third political party with the most seats in Parliament, after BJP, Modi (282 seats) and the Congress Party (44 seats). They won 37 of 39 seats in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. They have said they will make a strong opposition to the Modi government.