Even as relations between India and Pakistan continue to deteriorate, Pakistan’s top strategist Sartaj Aziz said that a meeting between Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif could be possible at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit, which is scheduled to be held in Kazakhstan next month. Sources said that back channel talks are currently underway in this context. However, nothing is certain at this point. Aziz said that the meeting could be possible if the other side shows interest in the same. Pakistan would definitely be attending the SCO summit, as it would be getting a permanent membership in the organization.
The speculation regarding the meeting has been widespread, especially after Indian business tycoon Sajjan Jindal recently met Nawaz Sharif. Sources said that Jindal could probably have sent the message to Sharif regarding the meeting. Commenting on the recent controversy over the death sentence awarded to former Indian navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, Aziz said that Pakistan was currently reviewing the plea filed by India. He said that the country is also reviewing the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice in the case.
An unnamed Pakistani government official was quoted as saying that it would be a positive development for both the countries if Modi and Sharif do meet on the sidelines of the SCO Summit.