GoI decides to boycott Pak national day event after invitation sent to Hurriyat leaders

The Government of India on Friday decided to boycott the Pakistan National Day event to be held at its high commission in New Delhi.

Over the past few years, India’s representation at the annual event has been at the level of a union minister.

This year, Indian government officials will stay away from the reception scheduled on the eve of Pakistan National Day, which is celebrated on March 23, the official said.

He added that the decision has been taken as Pakistan has decided to invite Hurriyat leaders from Jammu and Kashmir.

“The government of India has decided not to send any official representative to the Pakistan National Day event at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi,” the official said.

The decision comes in the wake of heightened tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours after the Pulwama militant attack in which 49 CRPF personnel were killed.

Jaish-e-Mohammad had claimed the responsibility of the attack.

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