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Pak high commissioner was not invited for Rahul's Iftar event

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In a departure from the past, the did not invite the to an party hosted by Gandhi that was attended by envoys of several Islamic nations.

Gandhi hosted the event yesterday at a luxury hotel here, the first organised by him as

The had invited high commissioners and of several Islamic countries, including Bangladesh, at the Iftar, but the party's top brass did not invite the in to avoid criticism by the ruling BJP, sources said.

During the last Iftar, hosted by former Congress Sonia Gandhi, the then was invited.

Sources said a total of 46 diplomatic representatives of various countries attended Gandhi's party this year, the highest attendance ever.

No invitation was sent to Pakistan and The Palestinian attended the Iftar, a senior Congress said

"Congress was careful with the invites. Since has not resumed dialogue process with Pakistan we did not invite them," another said.

He also said the Iftar was held on a day four BSF personnel were killed in cross-border firing by Pakistan in

Diplomats who attended the event included the British High Commissioner, the of Russia, the Charge de Affairs of China, Political from the US, and high commissioners of and

The High Commissioner and the Bhutanese and representatives of Central Asian countries, including Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan, were also there.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 22:20 IST