New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will arrive in Delhi on Monday with a delegation to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Sharif will be heading a delegation consisting of Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Parvez Rashid, Information Minister, Chaudhary Nishad Ali Khan, Home Minister, brother Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister, Punjab and Khwaja Asif, Defence Minister. The list is not conclusive, sources pointed out.
An official press statement said: “In response to the invitation to the oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister-designate of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister would be travelling to New Delhi onMay 26, 2014. Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Secretary to the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary would accompany the Prime Minister.
“According to the programme received from India, the Prime Minister will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Modi on the morning of 27 May. The Prime Minister would also call on the President of India. The Prime Minister would return to Pakistan in the afternoon of 27 May 2014.”
Meanwhile, media reports said, Nawaz Sharif's younger brother Shahbaz took Pakistan Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif into confidence about the Premier's decision to accept India's invitation to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
Shahbaz Sharif, who is the Punjab province Chief Minister, yesterday called on Raheel at the army guest house in Lahore and “informed” him about the Prime Minister's decision to visit India, sources in the ruling party PML-N told PTI.