“I bring the message of goodwill and good wishes from my country”, was Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s message to the people of India as he left for Rashtrapti Bhavan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the country’s 15th Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Hussain Sharif, the eldest son of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said Pakistan has “high expectations” from the new Indian government and expressed hope that the two governments would be able to live up to those expectations.
“We have high expectations on that side of the border and I hope we will be able to live up to those expectations,” Hussain Sharif said.
He was speaking at the Taj Mansingh where the Pakistani delegation is staying. The Sharif family scion said, “We have come here with good intentions and with the hope that steps can be taken for the benefit of people in both countries.”
Nawaz Sharif and is family arrived in the capital around 11 am on Monday to attend the oath-taking ceremony. The Pakistani delegation is 26 member strong.
Pakistan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, PM Sharif’s advisor Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary and other members of Pakistan foreign office are part of Sharif’s delegation.
Stepping aside from his official schedule, Sharif called on industrialist Sajjan Jindal, chairman and managing director of JSW Steel, before leaving for the oath-taking ceremony.
According to the Pakistan High Commission, Sharif is expected to meet his Indian counterpart after bilateral talks with the other SAARC countries. He will return to Pakistan late Tuesday.