New Delhi: Indian steel magnate Sajjan Jindal has met Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a visit to Islamabad, triggering speculation in Pakistani media over revival of bilateral talks amid strains in ties.
The meeting between Sharif and Jindal took place yesterday at the premiers private residence in the countrys hill station Murree, about 45 kms from Islamabad. After opposition parties created an uproar over the “secret” meeting, Sharifs daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif said there was nothing secret about the meeting.
“Mr. Jindal is an old friend of the Prime Minister. Nothing secret about the meeting & should not be blown out of proportion. Thank you,” Maryam tweeted.
The family members of Sharif received Jindal at the Islamabad airport after he come from Afghanistan. Jindal was later escorted to Murree in an official protocol where he had an hour-long meeting with the prime minister.
Imran Khans Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf (PTI) alleged that “Sharif had a secret meeting in which Jindal conveyed the message of Indias Prime Minister Narendera Modi to Sharif over the issue of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been awarded death sentence by a Pakistani military court”.
Meanwhile, a resolution was today submitted in Pakistans Punjab Assembly against the “secret” meeting of Sharif and Jindal. Punjab Assembly Opposition leader Mian Mahmoodur Rashid submitted the resolution in the assembly, saying Sharif held a “secret” meeting with a three-member Indian delegation led by businessman Sajjan Jindal in Murree.
“Jindal brought the message of Modi (which seems to be about Kulbhushan Jadhav). The people of Pakistan should be told as why the premier kept his meeting with Jindal secret. What was the purpose of this meeting at a time when India is bent upon isolating Pakistan in the world,” the resolution said.
Jindal is said to be the man behind arranging a meeting between Modi and Sharif in Lahore on December 25 in 2015 on the occasion of Sharifs birthday and the marriage his grand daughter Mehr-un-Nisa.