Representative Image
National
Typography
India will not be sending any representative at the Pakistan National Day reception that will take place on Friday at the Pakistani High Commission. 
India will not be sending any representative at the Pakistan National Day reception that will take place on Friday at the Pakistani High Commission. 
The reason behind this that the High Commission has invited Hurriyat representatives to the reception irking New Delhi. Pakistani national day is marked on 23rd March every year.
 
The development comes in the backdrop of Pulwama terror attack on 14th February whose responsibility was claimed by Pakistan based United Nations listed Jaish-e-Mohammed. The attack, the worst on Indian security personnel in 2 decades, killed 40 CRPF personnel.
 
Pakistan national day marked on 23rd March is the day when Muslim League passed the Lahore resolution calling for the formation of Pakistan. Pakistan on 23rd March 1956 also adopted its first constitution.This year Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be the chief guest at the Pakistan Day Parade in Islamabad.
 
In the past years, India has sent Minister of state in the ministry of external affairs Gen VK Singh, Former minister of state in the ministry of external affairs MJ Akbar and minister of state in agriculture ministry Gajendra Singh Shekhawat as its representative to the national day.
 
It is part of a diplomatic tradition that a host country is invited to importation national events by any embassy or high commission and the host country depute a political representative according to the nature of relationship it has.
 
India has been taking a strong stance when it comes to Pakistan's outreach to Hurriyat. In January this year, India summoned the Pakistani high commissioner Sohail Mahmood after Pakistani foreign minister SM Qureshi spoke to Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.Decision to attend or not attend the Pakistan National day event by Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad is not yet taken. The final status will be known only on Friday.