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Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif conveys felicitations to PM Modi

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Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday conveyed his felicitations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on taking oath as PM.

In a post on X, Sharif posted: “Felicitations to @narendramodi on taking oath as the Prime Minister of India.”

The single line sentence was akin to what PM Modi had wished the Pakistan PM on his taking over the helm of government in March this year.

On March 5, PM Modi had in a terse post, said: “Congratulations to @CMShehbaz on being sworn-in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.”

Stating India’s position on relations with Pakistan, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had said in May this year that Islamabad will have to “wind down its terrorism industry” to be treated like a normal neighbour.

Jaishankar had said that in India the “tolerance for any kind of cross border terrorism is very low and there will be consequences for it”, adding that this was the “message of Uri and Balakote” strikes on terror camps in Pakistan by India.

He said that India has “struggled continuously with the fact that Pakistan has unrelentingly practiced terrorism, cross border terrorism”, and after the Modi government came in 2014 India has given up its earlier attitude of tolerating terrorism.

“Now the ball is in their court. If they wind down the industry (terrorism) which they have built up over many, many decades then people will treat them like a normal neighbour. They make this their core competence, then obviously that will define their image,” Jaishankar had said.

“So where Pakistan is concerned I think our messaging has been very clear to them,” he said.

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