Shiv Sena has strongly opposed the visit of Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in India. Aziz is reportedly set to visit India on Sunday to attend the Heart of Asia (HoA) meet in Amritsar. He is leading a Pakistani delegation to attend the two-day conference held on December 3-4 that will focus upon developing cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighboring countries for improving connectivity and bringing down security threats. However, Shiv Sena leaders warned the government not to allow his arrival in India on Thursday. The party clearly said that it will not allow Aziz to attend the event.
Speaking in Pakistan’s National Assembly on November 25, Aziz said that the nation is ready for a dialogue with India. But he put a condition that the dialogue can only be held if Kashmir dispute be a part of it. However, an official of neighboring country was quoted as saying that no meeting with Indian officials was scheduled during the meet. Earlier, Pakistan and India had held a meeting in Islamabad at the last Heart of Asia ministerial meeting and agreed to start ‘Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue’ that was to cover all outstanding issues. The resumption of the dialogue could, however, not take place due to the Pathankot terror attack in January this year.
The HoA meet was established as a platform to encourage security, political, and economic cooperation among Afghanistan and its neighbouring countries. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will also reportedly attend the meet to represent India.