"Throughout the election campaign, you saw a lot of anti- Pakistan rhetoric which was articulated by the BJP in a language which was extremely vociferous to say the least. And now you have this invitation to Prime Minister of Pakistan,” said Congress leader Manish Tewari.

"So, therefore, it is for BJP to introspect as to whether terror and invitations can go hand in hand," he added.

Noting that while it was the prerogative of the elected government to invite whosoever they want for their swearing-in ceremony, Tewari said the BJP should not forget that Manmohan Singh had come under attack from them for carrying forward the process of normalising relations with the neighbour initiated by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

He said that Singh had come under lot of criticism from the BJP during the talks with Pakistan in Havana, in New York and in Sharm el-Sheikh that ‘terror and talks cannot go hand in hand’.

The Congress leader's remark came against the backdrop of SAARC Heads of State and government including Sharif been invited to Modi's swearing-in as Prime Minister on May 26.

Pakistan's Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said that formal invitation has been received but any decision by the Prime Minister to attend the ceremony on May 26 in New Delhi will be taken later on Thursday.


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