BBC: Sharif tells Army his meet­ing with Jin­dal was back-chan­nel diplo­macy

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PAK­ISTAN PRIME Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif has told the coun­try’s pow­er­ful Army that his meet­ing with In­dian steel ty­coon Sa­j­jan Jin­dal last month was a part of back-chan­nel diplo­macy, BBC Urdu re­ported on Thurs­day.

The re­port said that Sharif took Pak­istan Army chief Qa­mar Javed Ba­jwa into con­fi­dence about the meet­ing with Jin­dal on April 27 at the hill re­sort of Mur­ree.

The civil­ian lead­er­ship in­formed mil­i­tary au­thor­i­ties about Sharif’s hour-long meet­ing with Jin­dal, who had the back­ing of im­por­tant In­dian of­fi­cials for a meet­ing to defuse the on­go­ing ten­sion be­tween the two coun­tries, the re­port said.

In­dia-pak­istan ties have re­mained strained over a se­ries of cross-bor­der ter­ror at­tacks in In­dia and the death sen­tence to Kulb­hushan Jad­hav, the re­tired

Vishal Sri­vas­tav

‘Jin­dal backed by key In­dian of­fi­cials’

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