PM might visit Pak to attend SAARC summit


ISLAMABAD: If the political speculations are true, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Pakistan next year to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit. Inconnection to the event,the dates for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit are also being worked out.Talking to reporters after attending a two-day conference at the 6th Think Tank Forum of Islamic Countries that concluded on Sunday, Sartaj Aziz, the prime minister’s adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs, said: “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will certainly visit Pakistan next year.”

Pakistan is going to host the Saarc summit in 2016. Saarc is an organisation of countries located in South Asia, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

About Pak-India relations, Aziz said that the recent foreign secretaries’ meeting had paved the way for formal talks between the two sides, adding: “All matters of common interest will be included in the talks, whenever they are started.”

Last year, India suspended talks with Pakistan slated for August after a Pakistani envoy met Kashmiri leaders in New Delhi.