Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted his counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the occasion of Pakistan's National Day and called for a bilateral dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad in a terror and violence free atmosphere.
"I have written to Pakistan PM Mr. Nawaz Sharif, conveying my greetings on the National Day of Pakistan,"Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
"It is my firm conviction that all outstanding issues can be resolved through bilateral dialogue in an atmosphere free from terror and violence," he added in another tweet.
Pakistan's National Day is held to commemorate the Lahore Resolution, which was introduced at a Muslim League convention in Lahore on March 23, 1940, and passed the following day.
The day also signifies the adoption of the first constitution of Pakistan during the transition of the Dominion of Pakistan to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Pakistan keen to settle all issues with India
Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Monday said that his country is keen to settle all issues with India, including the disputed issue of Jammu and Kashmir through dialogue, and underlined the importance of both countries working together for both peace and development.
Congratulating all Pakistani nationals residing in India on the occasion of Pakistan Day, High Commissioner Basit presided over an impressive flag hoisting ceremony at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, and said that the creation of Pakistan within seven years of the passage of the 1940 Lahore Resolution reflected the wisdom and tenacity of that country's founding fathers.
"Under the impeccable and sagacious leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Muslims of the subcontinent realized their dream. It was now incumbent upon us to make Pakistan a truly welfare state as envisioned by the Quaid-e-Azam," he said.
Referring to Pakistan-India relations, the High Commissioner underlined the importance of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's vision of "Peace for development and development for peace."
He further said that peace was in the mutual interest of Pakistan and India and that it was now high time to normalize relations and usher in a new era of peace and stability, enabling the two countries to address the challenges facing our region and exploiting myriad of opportunities unleashed by globalization.
Earlier, Deputy High Commissioner Mansoor Ahmed Khan read out messages from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan.
The students of the Pakistan High Commission School sang Pakistan national songs and presented a tableaux highlighting the struggle for the creation of Pakistan.
At the end of the ceremony, Summiya Basit, the high commissioner's wife, distributed gifts among the students.