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Nawaz Sharif to take decision about attending Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony on Friday

Friday, 23 May 2014 - 10:19am IST | Place: ISLAMABAD | Agency: ANI

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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is consulting his close aides on whether to accept India's invitation to attend swearing-in ceremony of prime minister-in-waiting Narendra Modi.

Official sources said Sharif's decision about attending the ceremony would be taken on Friday after taking all stakeholders, including the army, into confidence.

However, a senior official told The Express Tribune that a bilateral meeting between Sharif and Modi has already been fixed if 'our prime minister decides to visit'.

A source in Pakistan's High Commission in New Delhi disclosed that they had so far received 'positive signals' from the government and it was likely that Sharif would respond to the invitation positively, the report said.

However, the delay in the formal announcement is apparently attributed to concerns expressed by the country's security establishment.

According to the report, other options such as sending Punjab Chief Minister Shabaz Sharif or Prime Minister's Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz to India are also being considered if Nawaz opts out of the visit.

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