Islamabad: An senior Delhi based journalist has claimed business tycoon Sajjan Jindal visited Pakistan on the invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and that he wasnt sent by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Speaking to a private Pakistani news channel, Prem Shankar Jha said, Jindal visited Pakistan on Nawaz Sharifs invitation as he wasnt sent by PM Modis advice.
Jha also criticised the Indian governments policy on Kashmir, stating dialogue was needed to resolve the situation between both countries.
The Modi government is fast losing out all options. The situation [in Kashmir] is so grim that I dont see any option of dialogue is left. I think that India doesnt want to move towards dialogue.
After seeing the conditions of Kashmir, I want to die of shame, he said further adding that the path we are on will lead us to hell.
PM Nawaz Sharif found himself caught in a storm over a furtive huddle with the Indian steel magnate which is being labelled as back-channel diplomacy.
An Indian delegation led by Sajjan Jindal a close friend of Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Premier Nawaz at his private residence in Murree on Wednesday, away from the media glare.
Although the government and ruling party initially kept mum about the meeting, speculation after private news media broke the story prompted the prime ministers daughter, Maryam Nawaz, to confirm the development on her Twitter account. Mr Jindal is an old friend of the prime minister. Nothing secret about the meeting and [it] should not be blown out of proportion, she tweeted.
A common friend of Nawaz and Modi, Jindal is thought to be an interlocutor or, at times, a facilitator in some meetings between the two heads of government during the past three years.
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