Islamabad/ Lahore, May 25 (ANI): Pakistan has accepted an invitation to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend the inauguration of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi. The announcement has stirred up a mixed reaction in Pakistan, with most people hailing the decision and hoping the visit will prove to be an ice breaker between the hostile neighbours. Jan Achakzai, a spokesperson for Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), a religious conservative political bloc led by Maulana Fzalur Rehman, said his party welcomed Sharif's decision but called upon the Pakistani leader to use the opportunity to iron out "irritants like the Mumbai debacle. The Jamaat-e-Islam (JI), the largest Islamist political party in Pakistan which has for decades supported Kashmiri separatist rebels fighting against Indian rule, called the visit "an empty visit" that could hurt the feelings of the Kashmiri people.

Article Published: May 25, 2014 12:06 IST