Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz will come to India next month to attend the Heart of Asia conference which will be held in Amritsar. Aziz described his visit as “good opportunity to defuse the tension”.
His visit to India would be the first by a senior Pakistani official since the Uri attack in September which killed 19 soldiers.
According to Pakistan media, Aziz told that in spite of India “sabotaged” the SAARC summit that was to be held in Islamabad, Pakistan will attend the conference in Amritsar. However, he didn’t confirm whether he will meet with Indian officials or not. In a Pakistani TV channel he said, “It’s early to say. Depends upon the situation.”
Aziz explained, “Despite the fact that Indian forces killed our seven soldiers along Line of Control on Monday, Pakistan will not boycott the conference.”
The Heart of Asia conference will be held in the first week of December and focusing on Afghanistan. The conference aims to seek ways to help improve the security and bring peace to the country.
The relation between Pakistan and Afghanistan has also been worsening for past few years. Afghanistan accused that Islamabad housing the Taliban leaders. Though Islamabad denied the charges.
Last year in December, Pakistan hosted the meeting of the Heart of Asia process. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended the meeting and later she had bilateral talks with Sartaj Aziz.
After Uri attack, India in retaliation conducted surgical strikes along the Line of Control to target terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. But, Islamabad denied the surgical strikes.
Since then, the two countries frequently exchanging heavy shelling and firing along the LoC. Earlier, this week Pakistan claimed that 7 of its soldiers were killed in a ceasefire by Indian troops.
Both India and Pakistan accused each other of spying for their government. Now, it’s only a matter of time whether Sartaj Aziz’s visit will really “defuse the tension” or not.