Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to depute one of his ministers to attend the swearing-in of Nawaz Sharif as Pakistan Prime Minister, expected to take place on June 5.

According to sources, the stature and seniority of the minister would be decided early next week once there is clarity on the nature of the ceremony.

It is believed that at one stage New Delhi was worried at the prospect of Mr. Sharif being sworn-in on May 28.

“It marks the anniversary of testing of nuclear weapons by Pakistan. It would have been a bit odd for a minister to be present at the ceremony on such a day,” sources said.

The Indian side is being cautious in its approach to the unfolding scenario after the massive victory of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led by Mr. Sharif. While his positive tone on relations with India is to be appreciated, the attitude of New Delhi to the regime will be guided by its ability to deliver on promises.

  • The ceremony is expected to take place on June 6.

  • Dr. Manmohan Singh has invited Mr. Sharif to India.

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