India willing to build ties with Pakistan in a terror-free environment: Mukherjee

Indian president sends greetings to Pakistanis on national day

News Desk March 23, 2017
Pranab Mukherjee says India is committed to building ties with Pakistan in an environment free from terror. PHOTO: REUTERS

Indian president Pranab Mukherjee has said that the country is willing enhance its existing relationship with Pakistan.

He made the remarks on the 77th Pakistan Day, which marks the passing of the Lahore Resolution. A separate nation for the Muslims  of India was demanded on March 23, 1940.

"Greetings to the government and people of Pakistan on their National Day," Mukherjee tweeted on Thursday. "India is committed to building ties with Pakistan in an environment free from terror and violence."

Pakistan Day celebrations begin with military parade

The statement came days after a meeting of the Indus Water commissioners In Islamabad, the first formal engagement since relationship between the two countries nosedived following the September 2016 Uri attack.

Celebrations began with a joint military parade at the Parade Ground near Shakarparian hills in Islamabad. Chinese and Saudi troops and a Turkish military band also participated in the parade.

Addressing the ceremony as chief guest, President Mamnoon Hussain termed Pakistan’s defence as impregnable, saying the country’s conventional and nuclear capabilities were meant to ensure global and regional peace.


ToThePoint | 4 years ago | Reply Even the Indian president is petty enough to reduce his greetings to something about his own agenda. When India will wake up, they will find that the real world is very bitter for them.
Striver | 4 years ago | Reply Who is this Parnab guy? This man is telltthe truth; he is my kind o' guy. Yes India must stop exporting terror to Pakistan. We all want a terror free environment.
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