In another bid to ease tensions between the two countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may visit Pakistan to attend the SAARC Summit in November this year. PM Modi’s visit would be amidst the prevailing environment of tension over terrorism and Kashmir unrest between India and Pakistan.
IANS reported Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan, Gautam Bambawale as saying that PM Modi is looking forward to visiting Pakistan in November to attend the SAARC summit.
“I can’t say about the future but as of today Prime Minister Modi is looking forward to visiting Islamabad for the Saarc summit in November,” the Dawn quoted Bambawale as saying at an interactive session of the Karachi Council on Foreign Relations. Bambawale’s comment came amid reports that PM Modi may boycott SAARC Summit because of the tensions between the countries.
However, media reports in India said that the government sources have denied the Pakistani media report, saying that no decision has been taken in this regard so far. Officials said that no decision has been taken in this regard so far. The Union government may take the decision at the “appropriate time”.
During the G20 meet on Monday, PM Modi had singled out Pakistan as the only country breeding terrorism in South Asia. Without taking any name, PM Modi said there is only one nation in South Asia that is spreading agents of terror and that the international community must sanction it. PM Modi said that those aligned on the side of terror and violence are a huge challenge for the world community and that steps must be taken to bring them to heel.
Modi targetted Pakistan by saying, “There are some nations that use it as an instrument of state policy. Indeed, one single nation in South Asia is spreading these agents of terror in the countries of our region.”