Imran Khan welcomes greetings from Modi on National Day, stresses need to work in an atmosphere free of terror

New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on has welcomed the greetings from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Pakistan National Day.

Khan tweeted: “Received msg from PM Modi. I extend my greetings & best wishes to the people of Pakistan on the National Day of Pakistan. It is time that ppl of Sub-continent work together for a democratic, peaceful, progressive & prosperous region, in an atmosphere free of terror and violence.”

While Islamabad celebrates the National Day on Saturday, the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi organised events a day earlier on Friday.

However, India did not send any representatives to the event as separatist leaders from Jammu and Kashmir had also been invited.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said any attempt by Pakistan High Commission or Pakistani leadership to engage with Hurriyat leaders would not be taken lightly and it has been made very clear to Pakistan.

Indian officials reportedly stood outside the Pakistan High Commission and were seen discouraging Indian guests from attending the event.

Kashmiri human rights activist Mohammed Ahsan Untoo was briefly detained when he was going for the reception.

However, no Hurriyat leaders were seen at the event as most of them either are in jail or under house arrest after a major crackdown by the government last month. The ones who are not jailed fear their arrest or another crackdown