Amid border tensions, Nawaz sends mangoes to Modi

Published: July 22, 2015
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PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

In a bid to normalise escalating border tensions between the two neighbouring countries, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sent a box of mangoes to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, The Hindustan Times reported.

“Mangoes were delivered to Modi through official channels even as Pakistan was accusing us of flying a drone into its airspace,’’ an official told Hindustan Times on the condition of anonymity.

Read: Five killed in Indian BSF firing near Sialkot: ISPR

The move comes amid renewed tensions along the Line of Control in Kashmir and the working boundary in Sialkot, as well as the intrusion of an Indian ‘spy’ drone into Pakistani territory.

Pakistan and India have constantly exchanged gunfire in the last week. Four people have been killed by the firing of Indian border security forces on civilian populations on the Pakistani side in recent days. Five more have been left injured by the unprovoked attacks.

Read: Mango diplomacy: Nawaz attempts to sweeten a relationship gone sour

Earlier it was reported the clashes have thrown the fate of crucial talks between the national security advisers of Pakistan and India in the doldrums with New Delhi reluctant to fix a date for the meeting.

During a recent meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in the Russian city of Ufa, the two leaders had agreed to a meeting of their security advisers in New Delhi to discuss issues related to terrorism.

Read: Escalating tensions: Fate of Indo-Pak peace talks hangs in the balance

While, Nawaz sent Modi mangoes, security forces on Wagah Border did not exchange sweets this year on Eid in a break from tradition.

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Reader Comments (48)

  • Liberal
    Jul 22, 2015 - 3:19PM

    Our PM has nothing better to do than sending mangoes to the enemy which has killed innocent Pakistanis on the LoC.Recommend

  • Fahad
    Jul 22, 2015 - 3:26PM

    Nawaz has a big heart no doubt, I don’t know why can’t his Indian counterpart show some courtesy and move forward towards dialogue and peace.Recommend

  • Abacus
    Jul 22, 2015 - 3:26PM

    Must be the same mangoes rejected by the EU! Wonder why the army refused sweets from the Indian side. You pakistanis are a really confused lot. But you don’t confuse us – we are prepared for more backstabbing. Another Kargil will be your last…Recommend

  • Khalid Masood
    Jul 22, 2015 - 3:37PM

    What a Shame…….Recommend

  • Usman
    Jul 22, 2015 - 3:37PM

    One Word: Unbelievable.Recommend

  • Jul 22, 2015 - 3:40PM

    Strange,, world most idiot prime minister yes Mr Nawaz sharif,,, india promoting terrorism in Pakistan,, loc violations on eid from Indian army,, but still idiot, useless, Nawaz sharif hopefull for dialouge and peace from modi… Recommend

  • pathetic
    Jul 22, 2015 - 3:47PM

    Keep the mangoes here, and send Nawaz Sharif there. Good thing for good place and bad for bad.Recommend

  • Vicky
    Jul 22, 2015 - 4:02PM

    Well do whatever diplomatic stunts you can, but thing is India is not interested in developing relationship with Pak…
    because India has very little to gain from Pakistan…except 5 billion dollars peanut size trade…few kawwali mushaira programs….cricket matches…some Aman ki asha photos….what more India can get?
    that’s why India is not interested in developing relationship with Pakistan like it is interested with other nations…..
    India get much more benefits like billion dollars business deals, export deals, power project contracts from Bangladesh, Nepal , China, Myanmar and other countries… this is why India give much more importance and concessions to these countries then PakistanRecommend

  • Naveed
    Jul 22, 2015 - 4:07PM

    Well keep doing these symbolic gesture, but nothing gonna change ground realityRecommend

  • Ali
    Jul 22, 2015 - 4:10PM

    Feel like pulling my own hair, how stupid a person can be !! No self respectRecommend

  • Haris
    Jul 22, 2015 - 4:21PM

    What ? Seriously ? ….. Stop portraying cowardly image of Pakistan throughout the world. Shame on this Businessman cum PM.Recommend

  • Jb
    Jul 22, 2015 - 4:29PM

    @Abacus: You worry about your internal problems bud. Its only a matter of time before this synthetically joined “nation” of 1.2 bln with several languages, ethnicities, problems and issues follows a logical conclusion and breaks into several countries. “Kargil” will be the least of your problems.Recommend

  • Bharatiya from Australia
    Jul 22, 2015 - 4:45PM

    Good step in diplomacy NS…Some sane people like you still exists in Pakistan….Unfortunately majority of Pakistanis don’t realise they have been brainwashed with hatred against India with religious intolerance…worse is they don’t realise they are immersed in this negative mindset…A major culprit in recent times is TV anchors…for instance, see how Ahmed Qureshi vents out venom against anything remotely Indian every time he opens his mouth…irrespective of whether fact or not!!Recommend

  • SALEEM
    Jul 22, 2015 - 4:57PM

    over the last 60 years every time the politicians start talks between both countries the militaries start firing …….I am talking with evidence Recommend

  • Uzair
    Jul 22, 2015 - 5:10PM

    Nawaz Sharif the businessman is selling away the country!! If he thinks the country can progress like this…we don’t want such progress…willing to live in the worst conditions but will never give away our pride and self-respect!!!! Never!!!! Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath
    Jul 22, 2015 - 5:27PM

    I have to give credit to Mian Saheb. After the beating he has taken in the Pakistani media for the past month, to continue to talk peace is commendable. Recommend

  • JSM
    Jul 22, 2015 - 5:29PM

    Nawaz, the only statesman in the region. During the last 3 months, he has lifted Pakistan’s image out of the dumps it was in.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Jul 22, 2015 - 5:29PM

    Better would have sent them to the people affected by flood or poor people of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Jul 22, 2015 - 5:42PM

    Statesman like gesture .

    Wish moodi was even half the statesman Recommend

  • I am a Khan
    Jul 22, 2015 - 5:56PM

    Nawaz has a big heart for the Indians. I hope he shows the same big heart to the Mohajirs who are Pakistanis with Indian origins. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 22, 2015 - 5:58PM

    @Uzair:

    People such as you evade tax, pay bribes and steal power through kundas…..Pride and self respect my foot. Do something worthwhile for your country first instead of trolling.Recommend

  • Bahubali
    Jul 22, 2015 - 6:04PM

    @Uzair: If PM of two neighboring country talks then where pride comes into it. Support your PM he is trying to bring peace in SE Asia. Only time will tell how successful he will be but he is trying at least.Recommend

  • Last Word
    Jul 22, 2015 - 6:25PM

    It appears that Nawaz Sharif is genuinely interested in making peace with India but he has little control over the foreign policy makers in Pakistan. Sharif tried to mend fences with Vajpayee but Kargil happened behind his back and now he tried the same in Russia reciprocated by India but firing and drone incident was orchestrated to scuttle the talks again. Pakistanis who are blaming both Nawaz Sharif and India should think it over who is responsible for this fiasco ? Recommend

  • IMTIYAZ
    Jul 22, 2015 - 6:47PM

    Even though the other side has never talked peace @Bairooni Haath: Recommend

  • Anon
    Jul 22, 2015 - 7:08PM

    @Bharatiya from Australia:
    Funny coming from an Indian. You guys are full of hate for Pakistan and just elected a bunch of religious lunatics. Get out of your delusions. It is the other way round Recommend

  • Anon
    Jul 22, 2015 - 7:11PM

    How much money has our pm invested in India. His foreign policy is a disgrace. Indians are firing on our border killing our civilians, promoting terrorism in our country and instead of fighting our case in front of the world he is sending mangoes to killer ModiRecommend

  • Nadir Sadiq
    Jul 22, 2015 - 7:56PM

    Bay Shuruum. I will make it a point to distribute sweet when someone from the PM family dies and then I will ask him how it feels. He should be booked under article 6.Recommend

  • maulana diesel
    Jul 22, 2015 - 8:14PM

    Shame on you. Modi is all out to destroy Pakistan and you are seeking his pleasure. Recommend

  • Disgusting
    Jul 22, 2015 - 8:51PM

    @Usman:
    Two words totally despicable.Recommend

  • Disgusting
    Jul 22, 2015 - 8:52PM

    @pathetic:
    You’ve said it brother.Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath
    Jul 22, 2015 - 8:58PM

    To my Pakistani friends, hatred comes easy, friendship is hard, old habits are not easy to discard! What has Pakistan gained from 70 years of enmity with India? We have as much claim on your Kashmir as you have on ours, but our TV channels do not shout about it 24/7. Mian Nawaz Sharif has learnt something from his experience, give him the benefit of doubt.Recommend

  • voice of Pakistan
    Jul 22, 2015 - 11:09PM

    modi’s pawn stooping to new levels

    of ignominy to appease his master

    for his son’s business interestsRecommend

  • someone
    Jul 23, 2015 - 2:00AM

    Talks are between equals. India would just dictate to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Jul 23, 2015 - 2:15AM

    All Mr. N. Sharif is just indicating to the world and Indian govt. is that he has no control over the army. The so called Establishment does not want peace with India, no matter what the cost.

    And it will stay that way for the foreseeable future. Also the Jihadi culture would like it that way, because without it both these entities lose power.Recommend

  • Kanishka
    Jul 23, 2015 - 2:15AM

    NS, please send Hafizi or Dawoodi mangoes only if you really want to win the hearts of Indians. Recommend

  • Leon
    Jul 23, 2015 - 3:44AM

    Someone please give Nawaz a lesson on self-esteemRecommend

  • maulana diesel
    Jul 23, 2015 - 6:48AM

    @pathetic:
    Excellent broRecommend

  • Tariq
    Jul 23, 2015 - 7:20AM

    Why cannot we understand that PM has to do whatever he can to protect his son’s commercial and business interests in India?Recommend

  • Anon
    Jul 23, 2015 - 7:46AM

    @Bairooni Haath:
    Stop with this rubbish that you Indians are some kind of a peace dove. Step out of your delusions Recommend

  • ABC
    Jul 23, 2015 - 9:15AM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:

    You are being paid for each comment by my tax money DarbariRecommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 23, 2015 - 10:01AM

    @ABC:

    Judging by your stupid comment, I am sure that you are not even capable enough to tie your shoe laces let alone pay tax.Recommend

  • lol
    Jul 23, 2015 - 11:15AM

    @Jb:
    one word- Baluchistan!!!
    hahahahahhaahahaRecommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jul 23, 2015 - 11:18AM

    Now that NS has sent mangoes, the best logical step NaMo can take is …Well eat them!!Recommend

  • Jul 23, 2015 - 11:30AM

    We are sending mangoes and they are sending bullets and terrorists.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jul 23, 2015 - 1:01PM

    @Asad:
    “We are sending mangoes and they are sending bullets and terrorists.”

    There is a typo error in your statement. It should read as :
    We are sending mangoes and also sending bullets and terrorists.
    Now that makes a lot of sense to the world at large.Recommend

  • Sparrow
    Jul 23, 2015 - 6:10PM

    NS & Modi Pact: ……. ……
    The rate fixed and agreed upon between Modi and NS for the current year is one mango against one innocent pakistani shot at the LOC. and if Pakistan does not retaliate at the LOC for the killing innocent Pakistani, then Modi would push four to five cows into the pakistani territory.Recommend

  • Crystal clear
    Jul 24, 2015 - 1:47AM

    @Tony Singh:
    only to you.Recommend

  • Zain
    Jul 24, 2015 - 12:50PM

    Pawn flattering his master

    for the love of his son’s

    businessRecommend

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