Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his felicitations to Pakistan on National Day.
"Greetings to the people of Pakistan on their National Day," Modi tweeted.
Greetings to the people of Pakistan on their National Day.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 23, 2016
Pakistan Day celebrations kick off with military parade
The nation is celebrating the 76th Pakistan Day on Wednesday with a renewed pledge to make the country stronger by eliminating terrorism and achieving sustainable economic growth and greater political stability.
A joint military parade held at the Parade Ground near the landmark Shakarparian hills in Islamabad was the highlight of the day.
Earlier, in a letter to President Mamnoon Hussain to felicitate him on Pakistan Day, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said his country was committed to peaceful, friendly and cooperative relations with Pakistan.
“India remains committed to peaceful, friendly and cooperative relations with Pakistan,” he said.
“I am of the firm conviction that our cooperation will lead to progress and prosperity in our region,” the letter added.
India remains committed to peaceful ties with Pakistan, says Indian president
The foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India are likely to meet in April to draw up a roadmap for a comprehensive bilateral dialogue the two nuclear-armed neighbours agreed to pursue last December.
Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry and his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar were to meet in January but a terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase led to the cancellation of the key talks.
Since then, the two countries have been struggling to reschedule the meeting between their top diplomats. India apparently linked the resumption of dialogue with the ongoing investigation Pakistan is currently undertaking in connection with the airbase attack.
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