'Am Nobody to Invite PM, Know My Limits': Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi

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'Am Nobody to Invite PM, Know My Limits': Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Press Trust of India photo)


New Delhi:  Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi today said it was not his place to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the award ceremony, adding that "I know my limits." The remarks came a day after Pakistani teen and joint Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai invited Mr Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif for the function in Stockholm in December.

"Malala's request yesterday is a political and diplomatic issue... I am nobody to invite the PMs of India and Pakistan... I know my limits," Mr Satyarthi told NDTV.

The 60-year-old child rights activist met Prime Minister Modi this evening. While Mr Satyarthi expressed enthusiasm about the PM's initiatives such as the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign), the PM shared his views on the use of social media and internet for tracking missing children

On Friday, Ms Yousafzai said, "I request Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif to join us when we receive peace prize. Hope my request would be heard and listened."

The 17-year-old, who is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, said she spoke to Mr Satyarthi and both of them will try to build strong relations between India and Pakistan.

"We have tension on borders between India and Pakistan. We want to fight for peace, development, progress," she said.

This week has seen the worst violence at the International Border with Pakistan in a decade - eight people have been killed and over 60 have been injured in heavy firing and shelling by Pakistani troops.

Fresh firing was reported today from the Pakistani side near the Line of Control in Kitni in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district after a sharp decline on Friday following escalated violence at the border in the last few days.

India, sources said, will wait and watch before initiating any move to talk or even respond to any possible overtures from Pakistan.

India has accused Pakistan of firing to distract its forces and help militants infiltrate into Kashmir. Indian Army sources told NDTV they believe nearly 700 militants are waiting to cross into the Kashmir Valley from across the border.


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