Modi gets invite for SAARC summit in Pakistan; Sushma and Aziz discuss Pathankot, Masood Ashar

Pakistan Foreign Ministry Advisor Sartaj Aziz on Thursday extended invitation for Prime Minister Modi to attend SAARC Summit, to be hosted by Pakistan later this year.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 18, 2016 1:10 pm
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Pakistan foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz on Thursday invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the SAARC Summit in Pakistan later this year.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Aziz on the sidelines of the SAARC ministerial meeting in Pokhara on Thursday.

During the meeting, Aziz handed over an invitation from Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to attend the South Association Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit.

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The two discussed a range of issues including the Pathankot terror attack. “We discussed issues pertaining to the Pathankot terror strike, Swaraj said after her talks with Aziz. She said a Pak Joint Investigation Team will reach India on March 27 and begin its probe a day later. However, quoting sources, news agency ANI said members of the team have not yet applied for a visa.

India also sought details of JeM Chief Masood Azhar during the meeting, ANI reported.

“Looking at the way Pathankot issue has been handled & cooperation on this subject, we’re hopeful of good results,” said Aziz.

This was the first formal meeting between the two leaders after the January 2 cross-border terror attack on the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in Punjab that claimed the lives of seven Indian security personnel.

The attack derailed the foreign secretary-level talks between the two south Asian neighbours scheduled for the middle of January after Aziz and Sushma Swaraj in December last year agreed to start a comprehensive bilateral dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi.

The two leaders arrived in Pokhara on Wednesday to attend the 37th meeting of the SAARC council of ministers which was held on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, Sushma Swaraj and Aziz met for five minutes over breakfast here. Their first meeting was over dinner on Wednesday night.

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    Jagdish Saigal
    Mar 17, 2016 at 12:52 pm
    I see a positive shift in Pak. policy vis a vis India. Other positive developments such as likelihood of declaring Deepawali, Holi and Easter holiday augur well for cooperation between the two countries and among SAARC countries for development. Finally the sun shines for South Asia as well. Hope South Asia will lead the world in 2016.
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      George Cruz
      Mar 17, 2016 at 2:23 pm
      Making any deal with the Islamic stan which is a failed state, controlled by the barbaric Military and Clerics/Mullahs who are brainwashed with Islamic ideologies of Jihad/Sharia is a major waste of time/resources from the Indian point of view, and it is just like trying to straighten dog's tail by putting in a pipe.
      1. R
        Mar 17, 2016 at 2:05 pm
        Same thing doing it again and again is defined as insanity! That's what has been going on. stan will find it difficult to accept peace without an indulgence on propagating terror and India on its part will ask to do away with terror. How about having discussion in open in front of people and with a open mike? Let us duke it out in open! Enough fooling and skullduggery already. And as for the media reporting every time this occur is like getting excited to see new femme or butch!!!
        1. S
          Mar 17, 2016 at 10:19 pm
          Wondering about Modi's security in stan. Remember The stan punjab Governor killed by his own security detail !
          1. P
            Mar 17, 2016 at 2:43 pm
            Intelligence input provided by stan about 10 terrorists proved useful.3 have been neutralized. Modi's personal rapport with Nawaz is proving to be useful.
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