Too early to speculate on timing of India visit: Aziz

PM's senior aide to meet his Indian counterpart in New Delhi, as agreed in Ufa by premiers of Pakistan, India

Web Desk July 17, 2015
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz. PHOTO: REUTERS

Amid escalating border tensions, Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz said on Friday it is ‘too early’ to speculate about when he will visit New Delhi for talks with his Indian counterpart.

"It is too early to speculate on my visit's timing," he said, while speaking to the media regarding his visit to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval as agreed at Ufa.

Refusing to comment on India's reaction to recent firing on the border, Aziz said he does not want to ‘vitiate the atmosphere’ by commenting.

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modihad met in Ufa to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) earlier in July. Among other things, the two premiers decided that Aziz and Doval would meet in New Delhi in the near future to discuss ‘all issues connected to terrorism’.

Sartaj Aziz refrained from commenting when asked about the Indian Foreign Secretary Jaishankar's statement cautioning Pakistan of 'effective and forceful' reply to ‘unprovoked’ firing and cross-border terrorism.

Aziz called it ‘mischief’ to suggest that tension was escalating between India and Pakistan and could cancel his plan to visit to New Delhi.

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The premier's senior aide assured that Pakistan was working to reduce the tension escalating at the border. Avoiding commenting on India’s allegation that no drone was sent for spying in Pakistan, he said, "Pakistan Army will be in a better position to offer comments about it since the earlier information was also provided by it."

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On Thursday, five people were killed and dozens others injured as India’s Border Security Force (BSF) resorted to unprovoked firing along the Working Boundary near Sialkot.

The incident came a day after an Indian ‘spy drone’ used for aerial photography was shot down by Pakistan Army near Bhimber along the Line of Control.

The incidents took place despite an ice breaking meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Russia on July 10.

The article originally appeared on The Times of India

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