Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has reportedly extended an invitation to his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari to visit India for watching the ongoing Cricket World Cup’s semi-final clash between the two sides at the country’s northern town of Mohali on Wednesday.
The move is being seen as a confidence building measure at the behest of the Indian PM to further build the bilateral thaw between the two countries, especially ahead of the next week’s (March 28-29) meeting between the Home (Interior) Secretaries in New Delhi.
Both countries are expected to discuss issues like counter-terrorism, narcotics-control and humanitarian issues during the talks, which is a part of the composite dialogue process between the two neighbours.
According to a NDTV report, the Indian PM would be present at the cricket stadium at Mohali to watch the match, and has extended the invitation to his Pakistani guests too.
However, the confirmation of the two Pakistani leaders is yet to be received by the Indian Government.
The composite dialogue between the two nations had suffered a serious blow after the 26/11 Mumbai attack allegedly by Pakistani terrorists.
However, senior diplomats and senior leaders of both the countries have visited each other’s countries in the past.