Indian High Commission Invited President Arif Alvi and PM Imran Khan for Iftar Dinner

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Indian High Commission Invited President Arif Alvi and PM Imran Khan for Iftar Dinner

The High Commission of India to Pakistan has extended an invitation to President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan for Iftar dinner on June 1.

Other Pakistani dignitaries invited include Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser.

The Commission invites all dignitaries each year, but normally prime ministers do not attend the event.

Ties between India and Pakistan were frayed in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. But on Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan called Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi and congratulated him on his re-election.

During the conversation, Modi “stressed that creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism” was “essential for fostering cooperation for peace, progress and prosperity in our region,” according to a Ministry of External Affairs report.

The phone call on Sunday was the first conversation between the two leaders after the Pulwama terror attack on 14th February in which more than 40 Indian security personnel died.

No invitation has been extended to Imran Khan for the oath-taking ceremony of Narendra Modi on 30th May.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on the second week of June will be the first time that both the leaders come face to face, although it is not confirmed if they will meet.