Indian foreign secretary to visit Pakistan next week

US President Obama played crucial role to persuade Narendra Modi to re-engage in dialogue with Pakistan, sources say

Kamran Yousuf February 24, 2015
Indian foreign secretary, S. Jaishankar. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: In a move that may help the two nuclear-armed neighbours to resume their stalled peace process, Indian foreign secretary is expected to arrive in the federal capital next week.

A foreign office official confirmed to The Express Tribune on Tuesday that Indian Foreign Secretary S Jiashankar would be visiting Islamabad in the first week of March.

The top Indian diplomat is visiting Pakistan as part of his trip to member states of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

However, the ‘SAARC card’ is apparently being used by Indian government for domestic compulsions.

It is believed that US President Barrack Obama played a crucial role in persuading Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to re-engage in dialogue with Pakistan.

On February 13, Modi telephoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and conveyed him that he was sending the foreign secretary to all SAARC countries, including Pakistan.

The Indian foreign secretary will hold crucial talks with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry.

According to the foreign office officials, agenda of the talks is being finalised. The officials added that all issues including future of the composite dialogue would be discussed.

Jiashankar’s visit of foreign secretary is seen as significant development as this may help ease tensions between the two nuclear armed neighbors.


Salman | 8 years ago | Reply One of the most critical ingredients for achieving regional stability and prosperity is creating a peaceful and stable future of Indo-Pak relations. It is important for both states to resolve the issues through bilateral negotiations without any hindrance.
Kundan Khan | 8 years ago | Reply The latest firing incidents across the Line of Control (LoC), particularly the killing of a Pakistani soldier, who had strayed across the LOC, and the threatening statements made by the Indian commanders during the past few weeks were designed to convey to Pakistan that it would have to accept India’s hegemony and learn to live in a subordinate position in the region. Pakistan’s domestic political instability, the debilitating war on terror in which it is engaged, its deplorable economic performance over the past decade and a half, and the constant American pressure on it because of the crisis in Afghanistan have worked to weaken Pakistan’s position vis-à-vis India.
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