Nawaz, Modi meeting has 'underlying conflict of interest': Imran

Published: December 26, 2015
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, Imran Khan, on Saturday took to Twitter, saying that there was a “conflict of interest” for a business associate to arrange a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

The PTI chairman, however, welcomed the revival of relationships between the longstanding arch rivals.

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“We welcome the thaw in Pak-India relations, but to have a business associate arrange the two prime ministers’ meetings has an underlying conflict of interest,” he tweeted.

Referring to an earlier secret meeting between the two leaders, he said, “Meetings of the two prime ministers, from the secret meeting in Kathmandu to the one in Lahore, must be done through institutional frameworks with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the loop for sustainability.”

Further, Imran said that such meetings held between the prime ministers undermines a process whereby tensions can be eased, and raises questions and conflict of interest.

The remarks come a day after Modi made a brief surprise visit to Lahore where he met with PM Nawaz and visited his residence in Raiwind.

India welcomes rule-breaker Modi’s surprise Pakistan visit

It was the first time an Indian premier had stepped foot on Pakistani soil in more than 10 years and was seen by analysts as a step towards normalising ties between the two neighbours which have fought three wars.

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Reader Comments (39)

  • Farru
    Dec 26, 2015 - 4:21PM

    Please don’t make this meeting controversial by supporting conspiracy theories. Recommend

  • ex-PTI
    Dec 26, 2015 - 5:17PM

    After meeting secretly with TUQ in London for London Sazish. Imran Khan says Nawaz and Modi should not meet secretly. Recommend

  • Sceptic
    Dec 26, 2015 - 5:19PM

    Who arranged Imran Khan’ s meeting with Modi?
    PTI ‘s politics of agitation and conspiracy theories continues. They have nothing positive to contribute. Recommend

  • India se
    Dec 26, 2015 - 5:22PM

    Agreed. It is strange to see an industrialist arrange the meeting.Recommend

  • drfaizanpervaiz
    Dec 26, 2015 - 5:46PM

    I think Mr. Imran Khan is right. State has to clarify the role of Indian business tycoon in this meeting because of his close business terms with Shareef famil and he was present in jati umraah at the same time. 200 million people interests are at stake. Personal interest shouldn’t come in between a national interest.Recommend

  • raider
    Dec 26, 2015 - 6:21PM

    @Farru:
    what meeting, where it was due, what was agenda set, when did foreign office reported that meeting? Recommend

  • PakPower
    Dec 26, 2015 - 6:30PM

    Jindal’s presence and brokerage of this meeting is ultimately the biggest thorn in just terming it as a diplomatic endeavor. I agree with Mr. Khan’s views completely.Recommend

  • Gramscian
    Dec 26, 2015 - 6:32PM

    @Farru: Whats controversial about it? He welcomes & supports the talks, only raises question about inclusion of a businessman, which Indian press also did. Is he wrong to question mixing of business and state affairs?

    Its a fair comment. Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Dec 26, 2015 - 6:41PM

    @Farru: Of course all our politicians are habitual naysayers. They will never see any good or potential in anything someone else does; including NS. Like crabs in a barrel, dragging any crab that reaches the top down…Recommend

  • Blithe
    Dec 26, 2015 - 6:44PM

    So says the mastermind of the Lobdon Plan – give it a rest , Niazi Recommend

  • Saleem
    Dec 26, 2015 - 6:49PM

    There is no need to be criticising just for the sake of it. By the way, what was substance of your meeting?Recommend

  • jojo
    Dec 26, 2015 - 6:59PM

    @Ferru.is it coincidence that the same guy was present in Kathmandu and in Lahore also before Modi arrived, this is not a story which is conspiracy theory, it is in the book of a well reputed Indian journalist, why not jindal sue her for that is it is wrong..Recommend

  • Faisal
    Dec 26, 2015 - 7:02PM

    Imran Khan has a valid point. While welcoming Modi, he would prefer if all negotiations are between and through representatives of the country, rather than businesses that have their own interests.Recommend

  • Jerry
    Dec 26, 2015 - 7:09PM

    Can this freaking businessman first stop Modi from issuing anti Pakistan statements before arranging such meetings >Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Dec 26, 2015 - 7:11PM

    Please grow up Mr. Imran and make some senses before you speaks. That’s why youth of Pakistan now disappointed from your due to your wrong statements on wrong time. You know Pakistan govt was begging for Indian PM visit to Pakistan since last 15 years and you know Khatmano episode very well when our Commando President touched Vajpai knees to beg a visit to Pakistan. Recommend

  • Lost
    Dec 26, 2015 - 7:16PM

    Be it Pakistani opposition of Indian, it’s a trend to try to undermine any development from the government. Imran should’ve stopped at calling it a positive development. Let’s not try to criticize may for the sake of criticism Recommend

  • optimist
    Dec 26, 2015 - 7:18PM

    I cannot find anything negative in peace process. EVEN IF a business man wants peace because he wants to ship his steel from Kabul to Delhi via Pakistan, we should appreciate it. This is strategic importance of Pakistan that India would want a peaceful Corridor because of her trade interests. Otherwise, when you close all the borders and keep fighting, strategic importance is basically a disavdvantage, a curse – not importance!
    .
    Personally I think people like Sajjan Jandal have enough money already and feel honoured to be in a position to meet PMs of India and Pakistan. Such people want to make their name in history. Only those people can understand it who have their basic needs met, they want now self actualisation (a sense of higher purpose/achievement – derived from Maslow’s heirarchy of needs. Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Dec 26, 2015 - 7:43PM

    Grow up IK, u r no more a street boy!Recommend

  • DNiwasi
    Dec 26, 2015 - 7:44PM

    Is Nawaz trying to make Modi his future business partner in some enterprise? Perhaps Nawaz lead Modi up the garden path and showed me some post retirement benefits. Modi is now involving Jindal to ensure that Nawaz’s proposed partnership enterprise takes off on sound footing.Recommend

  • Zahir
    Dec 26, 2015 - 7:48PM

    Imran supported the meeting yesterday, slipped in his first frivilous objection today. We can expect a total u-turn by end of week. Why doesn’t he consult his “umpire” before opening his mouth?Recommend

  • lkhan
    Dec 26, 2015 - 7:55PM

    IK coming up with his not brilliant analyses as usual…. God help Pakistan if he does ever come to power. His ignorance and self serving comments, as if he knows more and best are not only dangerous thinking, but irritating to state it lightly.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 26, 2015 - 8:12PM

    Nobody understands economy better than Mian Sahib. Leaders create business opportunities which result in creation of wealth and prosperity. When American President or other world leaders visit China, India or other emerging economies, they take hundreds of businessmen with them. As Imran has no clue how economy works or how wealth is created, therefore he should not comment on foreign affairs and economy.Recommend

  • Lailla Lodhi
    Dec 26, 2015 - 10:22PM

    WHY or WHY do we have to have to question everything? We have not had an Indian PM visit for 10 YEARS! May be MODI see see the joint INDO-PAK as a major economic force in Asia for 2016. We are our WORST enemies we are suspicious of our own we deny the weakness both Pakistan & India have inherited we have one common factor that both countries allow & is woven into the fabric it’s CORRUPTION! no matter what the gains corruption is the slow virus that keeps BOTH countries struggling.
    So for IMRAN to say that his visit is a conflict of interest the way MR.IMRANhas led his private life recently is a sad example of conflict of interest history tells us that offical planned visits have achieved little so may be this surprise visit may surprise the usual naysayers!Recommend

  • S Z Iqbal
    Dec 26, 2015 - 11:49PM

    @Farru:
    Uncomfortable it may be, but that is the truth.
    How do you define a “conspiracy theory”?
    Anything you do not agree with becomes a “conspiracy theory”?
    Whatever you may call it, you cannot deny a fact.
    Accept it : It is true.Recommend

  • S Z Iqbal
    Dec 26, 2015 - 11:56PM

    @Sceptic:
    You may be skeptical, but you cannot deny the truth, however uncomfortable it may be to you.
    How do you define a “conspiracy theory”?
    It seems, anything you do not agree with becomes a “conspiracy theory” for you?
    Whatever you may call it, that is the truth.
    Denying the truth is the real “conspiracy theory”.Recommend

  • S Z Iqbal
    Dec 27, 2015 - 12:03AM

    @Saleem:
    The truth must be told. We should thank Imran Khan for the courage to tell the truth, no matter how uncomfortable it may be to those in power and to their cronies.
    It seems Imran Khan is the only one who has the national interest in mind. Recommend

  • Tahira Khan
    Dec 27, 2015 - 12:54AM

    Imran Khan in his hate for Nawaz Sharif is unable to all the good he is doing. A job far better than 10 years of Musharraf and 5 years of Zardari. On one hand imran khan says he welcomes Modi visit on the other unable to digest that Nawaz Sharif got Modi to come to Pakistan he is trying to make the visit controversial. Somebody get him diplomacy 101 class.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Dec 27, 2015 - 2:38AM

    And IKs comment shows his “underlying” irritation since HE was not invited! LOL!Recommend

  • Swamy
    Dec 27, 2015 - 4:20AM

    Even if a industrialist arranged the meeting, does it take away the importance of visit. Even a hand shake of PMs are debated and analysed. Here is a PM visiting like a well intentioned neighbour for tea. Forget duet of eternal peace… Let there be harmony. What is called. Just be. If two leaders are friends they can open out to one another their difficulties and find mutually beneficial solution, which no official dialogue can.The hug, smiles and eyes show the warmth of relationship. Imran who eulogised modi and invited him to Pakistan is different now.
    For the journalist she is only pushing her book by exploiting the thrill and well received all over gesture.Recommend

  • kartikey
    Dec 27, 2015 - 6:10AM

    @India se:
    First of all there is no arrangement by anybody , its Modi Only, No body can say to modi to meet people.
    But Mr. Sajjan Jindal brother of Congress MP Naveen jindal is also in pakistan it doesn’t meen anything else if he has organized meeting between them so pls tell him to Regine & then talk……. Recommend

  • Prada
    Dec 27, 2015 - 6:56AM

    Mr.Khan is stooping to new lows now.Recommend

  • Mmr
    Dec 27, 2015 - 7:11AM

    Mr.Khan:Your meeting sounded like an effort to get some limelight and spear as a statesman but like always you take one step forward and two backwards. Hire some good advisor
    S not sycophants.Recommend

  • komal s
    Dec 27, 2015 - 9:09AM

    @jojo:
    Why should be sue? He is just credited with arranging meeting with two leaders. By the way he is the brother of famous congress leader. May be you should ask him if his brother arranged the meeting. So what if the businessman arranged the meeting. Recommend

  • Asy ma wail !
    Dec 27, 2015 - 2:24PM

    @pervaiz:
    ahh For God sake Mr.Troll..Recommend

  • Kickass
    Dec 27, 2015 - 2:33PM

    @Gramscian:
    You are a thickheaded person or are deliberately avoiding the truth. Modi wants Pakistan to be the “Bridge” to Afghanistan for Jindals business through Wagah. Get it ? Nawaz Sharif wants a share in the business.Recommend

  • santanamppv
    Dec 27, 2015 - 3:08PM

    This Jindal story planted by ANTI NATIONAL/PAID/CONgoon STOOGE burgadutt in nDIEtv(ndtv) from India. We general public from India knows dirty character of nDIEtv. Me wrote to Arun Jetliji (Broadcasting Minister,India)about dirty games of nDIEtv and its ANTI NATIONAL ACTIVITIES. Something to be done quickly. Only two Govts know the pain of bringing two nations together and not IRRESPONSIBLE nDIEtvRecommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Dec 27, 2015 - 3:32PM

    @Lailla Lodhi: Attagirl !! IK has turned out to be nothing more than a habitual whiner and naysayer.Recommend

  • Atheist_Pakistani
    Dec 27, 2015 - 8:55PM

    A leader who has sense. Does anyone been following hthe news? it had completely to do with business reason. There was absolutely no reason Modi would visit if it wasn’t beneficial for India. India has huge investment in Afghanistan natural resource. They need Pakistan to corporate. Now all Modi need to do is give Nawaz some kickback and let Afgan steel flowing from the West to East. Only if Imran was in power.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Dec 28, 2015 - 8:45AM

    I see the picture, on the sites, of Tsunami and smile comes and the smile is not for a good reason. Bravo to the people of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan. The only fools are in Pukhtunkhwa who still take this character serious. Recommend

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