On the occasion of Pakistan's National Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, while reiterating India's position that the two nations can resolve issues through dialogue in an atmoshere that is not vitiated by "terror and violence."
He posted his greetings on Twitter.
I have written to Pakistan PM Mr. Nawaz Sharif, conveying my greetings on the National Day of Pakistan.
It is my firm conviction that all outstanding issues can be resolved through bilateral dialogue in an atmosphere free from terror & violence.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 23, 2015
The PM's message came across a couple of days after terrorists crossed the border and infiltrated into Jammu & Kashmir, attacking security forces in Samba and Kathua districts.
Pakistan is celebrating the 59th year of adoption of its first constitution on 23 March, 1956.
23 March also holds importance for Pakistan as it was on this day in 1940 that the All-India Muslim League passed the Lahore Resolution at its three-day general session. The resolution became part of the League's resolution in 1941 and formed the basis for a separate state for Muslims.
This year's Republic Day parade was the first in seven years, carried out as a symbol of strength in the war against the Taliban that had attacked a school in Islamabad killing over 153 people, including 132 students last year, reports Reuters.
Ever since the conflict between the military and the Taliban increased in 2008, Pakistan had refrained from holding parades.