No proposal for Modi-Nawaz meeting in New York: Basit

nawaz modiNEW DELHI: Pakistan Monday said it was not aware of any proposal for a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New York on the margins of UN General Assembly this month.

 “As of this moment, I am not aware of any proposal on this (Modi-Sharif meeting),” Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said here at a function.

 While Modi will be in New York from September 26 to 29, Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to be there from September 22 to 27. Though there is an overlapping of small period when both the leaders will be there, a meeting is unlikely given the frosty ties between the two countries.

 The two countries witnessed a war of words last month as India cancelled foreign secretary-level meeting after Pakistan went ahead with talks with the Kashmiri separatists despite India asking it to choose a “dialogue with India or talks with separatists”.

 Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the function, Abdul Basit told reporters that Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed is Pakistani national who is “free to roam around” in the country.

 “Hafiz Saeed is a Pakistani national, he is free to roam around. What’s the problem?” he said.

 Abdul Basit also pitched for early resumption of talks between the two countries. “Let us hope that the talks between India & Pakistan resume sooner than later,” he said.-DNA


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