Why PM Singh in a hurry to invite Sharif, asks BJP

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New Delhi, May 13: A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invited Nawaz Sharif to India, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) questioned why government was in a hurry to invite the Pakistani leader who is set to lead the country for the third time.

"The prime minister has been in too much of a haste to invite Mr Nawaz Sharif. In fact, we should have waited to see what changes come about in Pakistan's attitude towards India and if there were some positive signs, surely he would have invited him," said BJP vice president Balbir Punj.

He also noted that Sharif was yet to take over as the prime minister. "It is too early and in fact it doesn't make much sense to invite him even before he had been sworn in," he said.

Congratulating Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif, Manmohan Singh on Sunday expressed India's desire to work with the new government in the neighbouring country and also invited Sharif to visit India.

Sharif also said on Monday that he will invite the Indian prime minister to Pakistan for his oath-taking ceremony.

The BJP on Sunday hailed the democratic transition in neighbouring Pakistan, expressing hope that the new regime there would strengthen the process of improving ties with India.


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