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Sharif’s brother calls on PM, invites him to Pakistan
Publication Date : 13-12-2013
Shahbaz Sharif, the brother of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the chief minister of Punjab in Pakistan, met the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, and expressed his country’s desire for ‘friendly and cooperative’ relations with India.
According to sources in the government, during the 20-minute meeting, Sharif also handed over an invitation to the PM to visit Pakistan and his native village.
Sharif is currently in India on the invitation of Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal. Sharif’s meeting with the PM is the latest in a series of high-profile Pakistani meetings with Singh in an attempt to normalise India-Pak relations.
Singh had recently also met Pakistan’s outgoing High Commissioner, Salman Bashir, in a farewell call by Bashir. Before that, Sartaj Aziz, who was in India to attend the Asia Europe Meeting last month had called on the PM.
In a press release issued by the Pakistan High Commission with reference to today’s meeting, it said Sharif had “delivered a message of goodwill from Nawaz Sharif while emphasising Pakistan’s desire to forge friendly relations with India, in the interest of peace”.