Sharif told Army Jin­dal meet was back-chan­nel diplo­macy

The Indian Express - - THE SECOND PAGE -

In­dian Navy of­fi­cer who has been sen­tenced to death by a Pak­istani mil­i­tary court over es­pi­onage charges.

In­dia has de­nied Pak­istan’s al­le­ga­tions and main­tained that Jad­hav was kid­napped by Pak­istani in­tel­li­gence agen­cies.

The re­port, quot­ing a rul­ing PML-N leader, said Sharif was tight-lipped about his meet­ing with Jin­dal. The only de­tail that he shared with his aides was that Jin­dal was mak­ing ef­forts to defuse ten­sion be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan, the re­port said.

It said the mil­i­tary lead­er­ship also took its of­fi­cers into con­fi­dence about the na­ture of the meet­ing.

The Sharif-jin­dal meet­ing had trig­gered in­tense spec­u­la­tion with politi­cians and an­a­lysts sug­gest­ing that it could be the pre­cur­sor to a pos­si­ble meet­ing be­tween the two prime min­is­ters in the near fu­ture.

Sharif’s ad­vi­sor on for­eign af­fairs Sar­taj Aziz told re­porters on Wed­nes­day that if In­dia showed in­ter­est, Pak­istan would look into the pos­si­bil­ity of a meet­ing be­tween Sharif and Modi on the side­lines of the SCO sum­mit on June 8-9 at As­tana in Kaza­khstan.

Ear­lier,im­rankhan’spak­istan­tehreeki-in­saf had moved a res­o­lu­tion in the Pun­jabassem­bly­ex­press­ing­con­cer­nover the “se­cret” meet­ing. It al­leged that Jin­dal had con­veyed Modi’s “mes­sage” to Sharif on the death penalty to Jad­hav.

Jin­dal is said to have ar­ranged the meet­ing be­tween Modi and Sharif in La­hore on De­cem­ber 25, 2015, on the Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter’s birth­day and the day when his grand­daugh­ter Mehrun-nisa’s mar­riage was held.

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