Outcome of PM Nawaz’s meeting with Indian PM better than expected: Sartaj

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with new Indian Premier Narendra Modi in New Delhi was better than expected.

It was stated by Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while addressing a press conference here at Foreign Office on Wednesday.
Sartaj Aziz said the meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Modi was not just a photo op, but its outcome proved better than anyone’s expectations.

He said the issues of cross-border terrorism and Kashmir were also discussed but not substantially during the bilateral meeting held Tuesday in New Delhi.

Sartaj Aziz said during the meeting, Modi also sought that the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case be expedited. He said that both India and Pakistan have agreed to convert confrontation into cooperation to resolve all outstanding issues and bring peace to the region.

Sartaj Aziz said both the prime ministers had wide ranging talks in New Delhi and discussed all contentious issues. He said Pakistan has a clear stance on Kashmir as without its resolution the objective of long-lasting peace could not be achieved.

He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stressed the need for moving forward in the dialogue process in the light of the Lahore Declaration, and work to resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir.

The Advisor said it was agreed in the meeting that all issues could be resolved through dialogue and foreign secretaries of both the countries will resume their talks to move forward the peace process.

He said issues including Mumbai attacks and Samjhota Express incidents were discussed in the meeting besides confidence building and enhancing trade between the two countries.

He said both the sides agreed to work together for rooting out the menace of terrorism.
Sartaj Aziz dispelled the perception that during the meeting between the two prime ministers, India handed over any charge sheet to Pakistan.