Opposition attacks PM Modi after Imran Khan confirms receiving message ahead of Pakistan National Day
Twitter went into a frenzy as reactions poured in from the political spectrum moments after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted that he received a message from PM Narendra Modi on the eve of Pakistan's National Day.
Imran Khan took to his Twitter handle to confirm PM Modi's message.
"Received message from PM Modi: 'I extend my greetings and best wishes to the people of Pakistan on the National Day of Pakistan. It is time that people of Sub-continent to work together for a democratic, peaceful, progressive & prosperous region, in an atmosphere free of terror and violence'," Khan said.
After Imran Khan's response to PM Modi, there was a tweet storm from a number of leaders of the opposition.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, said, "But then if he's only following a custom, it is also custom to send a minister and it is NOT custom to plant spooks and pliant journalists to bully invited guests to not attend. Can't pick and choose which customs we like and which we don't."
But then if he's only following custom it is also custom to send a minister & it is NOT custom to plant spooks & pliant journalists to bully invited guests to not attend. Can't pick & choose which customs we like & which we don't. https://t.co/XfMJPxwrmjOmar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 22, 2019
Congress leaders were not far behind in taking a jibe at PM Modi.
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi tweeted, "What is not surprising is the hypocrisy of this government which shamelessly politicises national security."
She did not stop there and said, " Pakistan PM invited for Modiji swearing in..Saree Shawl Diplomacy..Uninvited stopover at Pakistan PM's family celebrations..ISI investigates Pathankot..NSA's meet secretly in Bangkok."
What is not surprising is the hypocrisy of this govt which shamelessly politicises national security:Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) March 22, 2019
-Pak PM invited for Modiji swearing in
-Saree Shawl Diplomacy
-Uninvited stopover at Pak PM's family celebrations
-ISI investigates Pathankot
-NSAs meet secretly in Bangkok pic.twitter.com/T1paXH5wbw
Congress minister Navjot Singh Sidhu quoted a Bollywood song, "Tum karo to nyari leela, koi aur kare to character Dheela [It is okay if you do it, but if someone else does it, its wrong]"
Congress leader Salman Khurshid said, "So, now Imran Khan has to tell us that PM Modi sent good wishes to him on Pakistan National Day? What do the bhakts think of this? Hum urf bhi karte hain toh ho jate hai badnaam,woh katl bhi kartein hein toh charcha nahi hoti. [We also do pooja, then we become infamous, they murder even then we are not discussed]."
So now Imran Khan has to tell us that PM Modi sent good wishes to him on Pak National Day? What do the bhakts think of this?Salman Khurshid (@salman7khurshid) March 22, 2019
Pakistan celebrates its National Day today. India on Friday (March 22) boycotted a reception at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi to mark the event after the invite was extended to several separatist leaders from J&K as well.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "The decision was taken after the Pakistan High Commission decided to call Hurriyat leader to the reception. In February, we were very clear, any attempt by Pakistan High Commission or Pakistani leadership to engage with Hurriyat leaders will not be taken lightly."
Tensions between the arch-rivals escalated after Indian Air Force fighter jets bombed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's (JeM) training camp in Balakot inside Pakistan on February 26.
Pakistan retaliated by attempting to target Indian military installations the next day. The IAF, however, thwarted their plans.
The Indian strike on the JeM camp came days after the terror outfit claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in J&K's Pulwama in which over 40 soldiers were killed.