Even as India and Pakistan are in a deadlock in terms of bilateral relations over the death penalty to former Indian navy Kulbhushan Yadav who is being held by Pakistan, the media in the neighbouring country is reporting that an Indian delegation that included JSW Group Chairperson Sajjan Jindal met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday.
Ary News reported that while the details of the meeting were unknown, it was reported that the three flew from Kabul to Islamabad on Wednesday and then drove to Murree to meet the prime minister.
However, other reports in the Pakistan media suggest that the Foreign Office of the country had denied having any knowledge about this meeting.
The Nation reported spokesperson Nafees Zakaria as saying on Thursday that he was unaware of the meeting.
Meanwhile, The Nation also reported that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly over this meeting and the leader of Opposition in the Assembly Mehmoodur Rasheed table the resolution. The resolution has sought for the general public to be made aware of the reason behind this meeting.
While the PM Sharif has said nothing about the meeting, his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif took to Twitter to say:
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 Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) April 27, 2017
The Pakistan media is also speculating that the Indian delegation may have carried a message from Narendra Modi over the Kulbhushan Jadhav issue.
HuffPost India has reached out to the JSW Group for comments about the meeting and further details are awaited on the issue.
Earlier, in 2015, there was much speculation when Jindal had met Sharif and had even tweeted about it saying, "In Lahore to greet PM Navaz (sic) Sharif on his birthday".
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