Blackwill’s comments assume significance in the wake of US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter’s ongoing visit to India, even as Washington is going ahead with the sale of F-16s to Pakistan despite New Delhi’s objections.
Kate Middleton, who was casually chatting with the Indian community and the diplomatic fraternity in the Capital, had a brief chat with The Indian Express, as she walked on the lawns of the British Commissioner’s residence.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, without elaborating, said a concrete action plan for stepping up defence cooperation has been arrived at whose early implementation will significantly strengthen the ties.
Reacting to a statement from Islamabad, Indian government sources told The Indian Express on Wednesday night that “excluding witnesses from security forces was part of the mutually agreed terms of reference”.
Inviting Saudi businesses to come and invest in India's defence, energy, railway, health and agriculture sectors, Modi also said that a common indirect taxation regime in form of GST was 'about to happen'.
Modi was given a warm welcome at the 'Royal Terminal' of the Khalid International Airport with Governor of Riyadh Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, receiving him along with a number of high- ranking Saudi officials.
While such allegations by Pakistan have been on an increase in the last couple of years, this is the first instance of New Delhi acknowledging the arrest across the border of an individual associated with its armed forces.
"Death is a blessing...it's above criticism...no one criticises death. People say someone died of cancer, (people say) he died of old age...The cancer and old age is blamed but not the death," Modi said.