Shehbaz Sharif refrains from congratulating PM Modi for third term, here's why

Mumtaz Zahra Baloch claimed that despite the escalating situations and underlying challenges between the two countries, Pakistan has always tried to be responsible. She also added that the country seeks "cooperative" relations with all its neighbours including India.

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While leaders from across the globe have congratulated PM Modi for his third consecutive term in the recently culminated Lok Sabha elections, India's neighbour, Pakistan has refrained from sending any congratulatory greetings on this historic occasion. While being questioned on why Pakistan did not congratulate India on the results of its Lok Sabha elections, Pakistan's Foreign Office gave an evasive reply to skip the question. 

Why Pakistan did not wish India? 

The Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said that it was "premature" to talk about congratulating PM Modi since the swearing ceremony is yet to take place. She said that she was not in a position to comment on the question. She added that it is the right of the people of India to decide about their leadership. 

What did Pakistan's Foreign Ministry say? 

Mumtaz Zahra Baloch claimed that despite the escalating situations and underlying challenges between the two countries, Pakistan has always tried to be responsible. She also added that the country seeks "cooperative" relations with all its neighbours including India. The spokesperson said that Pakistan has consistently advocated "constructive dialogue and engagement" to resolve all the issues, including the contentious Kashmir dispute that has been the root cause behind the decade-long conflict between the two neighbours. 

Comments on Abrogation of 370

Pakistan also highlighted its consistent opposition against the abrogation of Article 370 which had granted special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. The ties between the two countries had weakened especially after the Indian Parliament suspended Article 370 on August 5, 2019, which Islamabad had alleged closed all routes for holding talks between the two countries. India has always emphasised that Pakistan must maintain an environment free of terror and hostility to ensure a positive relationship between the two nations. 

Who congratulated Modi? 

Global leaders from across 50 countries congratulated PM Modi for being re-elected as the country's Prime Minister and also expressed their ambition to work closely with India under his strong leadership. Most of them congratulated him through various social media platforms including X.