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India boycotts Pakistan National Day event

India has decided to boycott a reception at the Pakistan High Commission to mark Pakistan’s National Day as several separatists leaders from Jammu and Kashmir have been invited to the event, the External Affairs Ministry said on Friday.

It said no Indian representative will attend similar events in Islamabad as well.

Over the years, India’s representation at the annual event has been at the level of a Union minister.

Pakistan Day is celebrated to mark the Lahore Resolution on March 23 each year. 

At a media briefing, Kumar also said that India is very clear that any attempt by the Pakistani High Commission or Pakistani leadership to engage with the Hurriyat Conference will not be taken lightly. 

The High Commission in Islamabad will also not be attending the reception there


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