Modi-Sharif meeting has ‘conflict of interest’: Pakistan Oppn leader Imran Khan

PM Modi stayed for over two hours in Lahore on his way back home from Afghanistan on Friday during which he held talks with Nawaz Sharif at his Raiwind house.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Published: December 26, 2015 8:59 pm
Imran khan, pakistani cricketer imran khan, imran khan and wife, sits in cockpit, imran khan in cokpit, Pakistani cricket legend-turned-politician, reham khan, pilots allows File photo of former Pakistani cricketer and political leader Imran Khan. (Source: Express Photo By Amit Mehra)

Pakistan’s opposition leader Imran Khan on Saturday asked Pakistan and India to engage in dialogue through institutional framework even as he termed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi a “conflict of interest”.

Khan who welcomed the surprise visit of Modi to Lahore on Friday took to social micro-blogging website Twitter for a veiled swipe at the alleged involvement of an Indian businessman.

“Meetings of PMs through business associates undermine the detente process and raise questions of conflict of interest,” he tweeted.

“We welcome the thaw in Pak-India relations but to have a business associate arrange the two prime minister meeting has an underlying conflict of interest.

“Meeting of the two prime ministers, from secret Kathmandu one to Lahore one, must be through institutional frameworks with (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) MFA in the loop for sustainability,” he said.

The cricketer-turned-politician was also critical of reports that Indian steel tycoon Sajjan Jindal could have been instrumental in the latest meeting after he reportedly arranged a secret meeting of the two in Kathmandu on the sidelines of the last SAARC summit.

Jindal was in Lahore when Modi landed there for stopover to see Sharif.

According to local media, Jindal has personal ties with Sharif and was invited for the marriage of Sharif’s grand- daughter.

Modi stayed for over two hours in Lahore on his way back home from Afghanistan on Friday during which he held talks with Sharif at his Raiwind house.

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