Modi extends greetings to Pakistanis on Independence Day

Published: August 14, 2015
SHARES
Email
PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday wished the people of Pakistan a happy Independence Day, hours after India’s Border Security Force reportedly resorted to ‘unprovoked firing’ along the Line of Control. 

Modi took to Twitter to convey his message, passing on greetings and well wishes to the people of Pakistan.

The greeting comes despite ongoing tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. Early on Friday morning, India’s Border Security Force resorted to ‘unprovoked firing’ along the Line of Control (LoC), Express News reported quoting the Inter Services Public Relations. However, no casualties were reported.

“Indian forces opened fire at Neza Peer Sector in Rawla Kot,” ISPR said. “Pakistani forces responded effectively,” it added.

Further, Indian’s BSF on Wednesday announced that they would not indulge in the annual ritual of exchanging sweets on Independence Day.

Read: Worsening ties: Indian BSF not to exchange sweets with Rangers on Independence Day

“This time this thing will not happen, we will neither receive nor give sweets to Pakistan Rangers on the occasions of Independence Days of both countries,” BSF’s Inspector General Frontier Anil Paliwal announced earlier this week.

Despite hostilities, Indian BSF and Pakistan Rangers have traditionally exchanged sweets at border crossings, particularly at the Wagah-Attari border on Independence Day.

Facebook Conversations

Reader Comments (20)

  • Cynic Waheed
    Aug 14, 2015 - 1:48PM

    This greeting will be followed by unprovoked firing at LoC!

    Happy Independence Day! Recommend

  • Usman
    Aug 14, 2015 - 2:19PM

    Great diplomacy with Modi, because he knows Nawaz will match his ‘carrot and stick’ policy with ‘carrot and carrot’.Recommend

  • Vicky
    Aug 14, 2015 - 2:22PM

    Why do you write two nuclear armed nations? Does that gives you the feeling of parity with India? If Koreans write U.S. and north Korea the two nuclear armed nations? Does that gives north Korea the feeling of parity with USA?Recommend

  • Irshad Husain
    Aug 14, 2015 - 2:30PM

    Pakistan Zindabad Recommend

  • Pity
    Aug 14, 2015 - 2:51PM

    Indians conduct unprovoked firing on LoC and then offer greetings, Wah!Recommend

  • excalibur
    Aug 14, 2015 - 3:45PM

    Typical Hindutva hypocrisy of Modi. a pakistani woman killed and three injured today at Rawalakot by Indian shelling

    Baghal mein churi aur mu par Ram Ram PatheticRecommend

  • Naveed
    Aug 14, 2015 - 4:08PM

    Pakistan faces firing from three hostile neighbours India, Iran n Afghanistan, still our corrupt leaders don’t raise this issue in UN :(Recommend

  • Hamid Rehman
    Aug 14, 2015 - 4:44PM

    Pakistan zinda badRecommend

  • Hawke
    Aug 14, 2015 - 5:58PM

    @excalibur:
    You’re right about that.Recommend

  • Karachite
    Aug 14, 2015 - 6:13PM

    @Vicky:
    It is written to show the parity in the destruction that will follow and to stop the nuclear war. Recommend

  • Karachite
    Aug 14, 2015 - 6:17PM

    @Vicky:
    So you are comparing yourself with the US. India ranks 145th in the world in GDP per capita, same as Pakistan. It ranks same in HDI with Pakistan. Pakistan is ahead in poverty alleviation, sanitation, health and some other issues. India is ahead in some fields like space program, IT etc.
    More similarities with Pakistan then with US. Recommend

  • Neeraj Jaiswal
    Aug 14, 2015 - 7:39PM

    @Karachite…LOL .. IT software and space missions are not some ordinary achievements….and I checked that sanitation index, even Nepal ,Sri Lanka is ahead of USA India China there,,,so topping in sanitation index is not big achievement, specially highly populated country like have these types of problems….

    but despite of many problems, India comes in list of top ten countries in field of economy, trade, agricultural, IT, software space missions etc…India is part of big forums like G20 n brics…India having highest 7.5% growth with 355 billion forex reserve…

    so instead competing India, first compete with Bangladesh, because Bangladesh’s 24 billion forex reserve is higher then Pak’s 18 billion forex reserve….
    Bangladesh’s taka is stronger than pak currency,, Bangladesh’s 6% growth rate is higher than Pak’s 4% growth rate,,,,,so watch out dude,,,Bangladesh gonna become second largest economy of SAARC, in next ten yearsRecommend

  • Sumit Sharma
    Aug 14, 2015 - 9:51PM

    Dear excalibur….”hindutva hypocrisy”??? What’s the point of bringing religion here? It looks u r frustrated….
    any way i came here to wish happy independence day to all my Pakistanis friends..Recommend

  • excalibur
    Aug 14, 2015 - 10:58PM

    @ Sumit Sharma

    If the Indians elect an RSS/ Shiv Sena Butcher of Gujrat as their PM and hypocrites in the West lift the sanctions and visa ban on Modi for their business interests , Pakistan cannot do the same

    Hanging Yakub Memon and the other innocent Kashmiri leader earlier by Judicial murder by Indian SC is unpardonable More recently Gurdaspur arrest blamed as from Pakistan and sending emails to Pakistabi journalists to send a bogus video for cash is all known publicly

    Remember Jinnah left the Indian Congress when he discovered the true face of HindutvaRecommend

  • Karachite
    Aug 14, 2015 - 11:31PM

    @Neeraj Jaiswal: Its funny that, Indians are a huge percentage of IT industry, but their contribution to research and new ideas, is ZERO, zilch. India, never devised any new programming language, or any operating system, new architectural paradigms or algorithms. Indian IT industry is all about low-skilled service sector, also called back office in India or internet coolies with a huge swathe of call centers and low tech. jobs.
    India is ahead in numbers, number of people who are at the low ebb of IT jobs, not it IT technology. Huge difference between the two.Recommend

  • Harry
    Aug 15, 2015 - 2:19AM

    @Karachite:
    Dear, I guess you are forgetting something. Number Zero was invented in India by Aryabhata. Which made the ‘Binary’ possible. Then after the invention of Binary number system, it was used and improved in India by Indian scholar Pingala. So, If there wouldn’t be any binary, then maybe there wouldn’t be any computers. And without computers, how IT would have been established!Recommend

  • Vicky
    Aug 15, 2015 - 2:31AM

    @karachite…..yeah from Google to Microsoft are companies ceos are Indian…there are big indian tech giants Infosys, tech Mahindra showing their power…after NASA it’s ISRO the most successful space agency, from UK to U.S. all are linings to get isro service.,,,,isro already earned 2 billion dollars and for Next 3 years it has 22 countries contract worth 3 billion,,,,but you won’t understand, so better you guys live in your fantasy :)Recommend

  • Manoj Sethi
    Aug 15, 2015 - 2:44AM

    @karachite….even Bangladesh is economically way ahead than you,,i need not say more about you :)Recommend

  • Ajit singh
    Aug 15, 2015 - 2:51AM

    Interesting…Pakistanis always claim that Nargis fakhri is their own actress, but she never bothered to wish indepence day to Pakistan , but she always wishes indian festivals and other important indian days on social media,,,.
    no wonder why Pakistan in abroad always hesitate to show their identity?Recommend

  • nisar
    Aug 15, 2015 - 10:42AM

    I think religion is important for survive.survive. OK let i ask to Indians tell me integrity of your leader for instance Nehru and Gandhi.Most of historian proved that they all ways make a lies in throughout history that your moral values.Recommend

More in Pakistan