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Steel magnate Sajjan Jindal meets Sharif, sparks speculation of Indo-Pak talks

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  1. lca-fan

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    Steel magnate Sajjan Jindal meets Sharif, sparks speculation of Indo-Pak talks
    Jindal flew into the Rawalpindi airport in a private aircraft with a small delegation, and was received by Nawaz Sharif’s family members. The Indian delegation travelled to the PM’s House in the capital for a meeting, and were later driven to the resort of Murree, about 40 km from Islamabad, for a meeting with Sharif.
    INDIA Updated: Apr 28, 2017 07:13 IST

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    Indian steel magnate Sajjan Jindal met Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Wednesday, sparking speculation that he may have been involved in efforts to revive the stalled dialogue between the two countries.

    The visit came against the backdrop of unabated violence in Jammu and Kashmir, which prompted chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting on Monday to talk to the Hurriyat and other stakeholders. She also referred to former premier AB Vajpayee’s Kashmir peace push and noted that Modi had repeatedly said he would follow Vajpayee’s “footsteps, whose policy is of reconciliation not confrontation”.

    Jindal, who flew into the Rawalpindi airport in a private aircraft with a small delegation, was received by Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz and Raheel Munir, a businessman who is the husband of Sharif’s granddaughter Mehr-un-Nisa.

    The Indian delegation then travelled to the Prime Minister’s House in the capital for a meeting, sources in Islamabad told Hindustan Times.

    Later, Jindal and his delegation were driven to the resort of Murree, about 40 km from Islamabad, for a meeting with Sharif.

    Confirmation of the contact came from Maryam Nawaz, the premier’s daughter who dismissed suggestions the meetings were “secret” in nature.

    Maryam, seen as Sharif’s heir, tweeted: “Mr. Jindal is an old friend of the Prime Minister. Nothing ‘secret’ about the meeting & should not be blown out of proportion. Thank you.”


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    Mr. Jindal is an old friend of the Prime Minister. Nothing 'secret' about the meeting & should not be blown out of proportion. Thank you.

    7:38 PM - 27 Apr 2017




    External affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said he had “no information” on the meeting.

    There was no official word from the Pakistan government or Jindal on the meetings, and reports in the Pakistani media suggested the businessman had carried a message for Sharif from Modi.


    There was also speculation that the message could have referred to Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian Navy officer sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged spying. India on Wednesday launched an appeal against the verdict.

    Modi and Sharif could meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting to be held in the Kazakhstan capital of Astana in June even though both countries are yet to confirm such a meeting.

    Reports in the Pakistani media said Jindal, the brother of former Congress MP Naveen Jindal, flew to Rawalpindi from Kabul.

    A source in the JSW Group told HT that the Jindal and Sharif families have known each other for decades and this was a personal visit by the magnate. “When Nawaz Sharif last visited India for the oath-taking ceremony of Narendra Modi as prime minister in 2014, even then the Pakistani prime minister had dropped by to see the Jindals in New Delhi,” the source said.

    Like the Jindal family, the Sharif family too has interests in the steel business.

    Jindal was in Lahore in December 2015 when Modi made a surprise trip to the eastern Pakistani city while returning from an official visit to Afghanistan to wish Sharif on his birthday and to participate in events before the marriage of Mehr-un-Nisa, the daughter of Maryam Nawaz, and Raheel Munir.

    Raheel Munir, the son of prominent businessman Chaudhry Munir, is also related to ISI chief Naveed Mukhtar, sources said.

    Jindal reportedly played a key role in facilitating an “hour-long secret meeting” between Modi and Sharif on the sidelines of the Saarc Summit in Nepal in 2014, journalist Barkha Dutt revealed in her book, This Unquiet Land – Stories from India’s Fault Lines.

    Dutt described Jindal as an informal messenger serving as a “covert bridge” between the two leaders and keeping them “connected even when things got difficult”.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india...o-pak-talks/story-sl9D6IJRqFHXkNgon8PU7L.html

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    Everyday they kill our army Jawans and we do talk of "SURGICAL STRIKES ARE HERE TO STAY"

    and here

    Again PAPPI-JHAPPI time. :hitwall::hitwall::hitwall::hitwall::hitwall::hitwall::hitwall::hitwall::hitwall::hitwall:
     
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    And look what their media is saying, this is epic.

    'Sajjan Jindal secretly meets Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan's Murree, violates visa', says Pakistani media

    Shailaja Neelakantan| Updated: Apr 28, 2017, 10.30 AM IST
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    • Sharif's daughter confirmed the meeting between "old friends" Jindal and her father, but said nothing about where it was held
    • Pakistani media speculated the meeting "was part of back-channel diplomacy to arrange a meeting" between Modi and Sharif
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    NEW DELHI: Steel tycoon Naveen Jindal's brother Sajjan "secretly" met with Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday, reported Pakistani media, adding that in meeting at Murree, the Indian violated the terms of his Pakistani visa.

    The meeting, which set off speculation in the neighbouring country's media that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was using "back channels" to arrange talks with Pakistan, is now under a bigger and darker cloud over the visa issue.

    Jindal is chairman and managing director of JSW Steel.

    TOI reported in 2015+ that it might have been Jindal who facilitated the impromptu Christmas day meeting that December between Modi and Sharif. The government denied it.

    Pakistani media speculated further that the meeting "was part of back-channel diplomacy to arrange a meeting between the Pakistani and Indian prime ministers on the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit" to be held in June in Astana, Kazakhstan, as The Express Tribune wrote.

    Pakistan's Samaa TV, which said it accessed Jindal's travel documents, revealed that the Modi aide was exempt from police repotring in Lahore. Not just that, he then violated his visa to meet the Pakistani PM at his residence in the hill town of Murree.

    "The Indian steel magnate headed straight to Murree upon arrival in Pakistan even though his visa did not specify that he could travel to the hill station... Jindal's visa, bearing the number 769903, issued on April 25, 2017 allowed the holder to visit only Islamabad and Lahore," wrote another Pakistani newspaper, The Express Tribune.

    At first yesterday, Pakistan's foreign office spokesman claimed his office was unaware about any such meeting. Later, as almost everyone got wind of it, Sharif's daughter confirmed the meeting between "old friends" Jindal and her father, but said nothing about where it was held.



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    Mr. Jindal is an old friend of the Prime Minister. Nothing 'secret' about the meeting & should not be blown out of proportion. Thank you.

    7:38 PM - 27 Apr 2017





    Pakistan's Express Tribune also called Jindal a sort of "facilitator".

    "A common friend of Nawaz and Modi, Jindal is thought to be an interlocutor or, at times, a facilitator in some meetings between the two heads of government during the past three years," it wrote today.

    Recently, senior government officials and diplomats told the newspaper that a meeting between Modi and Sharif, soon, is "very much possible" and at the SCO meet in Kazakhstan.

    Bilateral tensions between the two neighbours have been higher than ever after a Pakistani military court sentenced Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to death+"because he was an Indian spy".

    Still, the two countries' Prime Ministers may well meet on the sidelines of the SCO meet because "influential countries in the SCO are pushing Pakistan and India to re-engage so as to ensure that the next summit is held in a conducive environment," a senior Pakistani diplomat told the newspaper 10 days ago.

    The SCO includes Russia, China, Central Asian States, Pakistan and India. Pakistan and India are set to become full members of the SCO in the upcoming conference in June.

    In fact, the two sub-continental countries were admitted to the SCO on the condition they work together to improve their bilateral ties as well as promote the interest of the organisation

    "That was one of the main reasons that both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi met in Ufa, Russia+ at the sidelines of SCO summit in 2015," wrote the Tribune.

    In the meanwhile, the meeting between Sharif and Jindal has given more ammunition to the opposition in Pakistan against Sharif.
    "Given that this is yet another meeting held at a high level without the knowledge of the FO (foreign office), it is high time that the people of Pakistan are taken into confidence about what transpires in such meetings," said opposition PPP senator Sherry Rehman.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...says-pakistani-media/articleshow/58410212.cms
     
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    This could be just an unrelated meeting...I don't know....But assuming it wasn't...And it was some sort of back channel....

    I am no expert, But I doubt the sway of the Sharif Family when it comes to Matters of "Foreign Policy and Security" in Pakistan...The PA controls it...At least when Indian Matters are concerned....

    I don't think Talking to Sharif will achieve anything when it is the PA that is pulling the strings.

    About The Jadhav Situation...

    Recently a statement from the MEA indicated that we are completely unaware of Jadhav's location and health, we did recently demand a complete health examination report from them....There are always....A lot of agressive options....We can always take that....But I don't think it will bring Jadhav back...He might as well be dead already.

    Pakistan is here to annoy us for good, unless of course there is decisive policy, and frankly that's lacking...
     
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    There is no use having any back door diplomacy with NS as he do not has any authority left to influence Indo-Pak relations, Jindal if met him for his business issues is diffrent thing

    India need to have coherent visible policy towards pak to isolate it but internal mess in kashmir in recent times has made govt look hapless
     
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    What is there to talk about exactly...?
     
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    Pakistan Throws Surrendered Terrorist Ehsanullah Into the Jadhav and Jindal Hall of Mirrors
    BY THE WIRE STAFF ON 28/04/2017LEAVE A COMMENT

    Even as the Pakistani opposition frets about the sudden visit of an Indian businessman, the military ups its hand by releasing the ‘confession’ of an ‘Indian-backed’ terrorist.
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    From left to right: Indian businessman Sajjan Jindal; former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, convicted by Pakistan for espionage and sentenced to death; and Ehsanullah Ehsan, a terrorist with a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, who surrendered to the Pakistani military on April 17, 2017.

    New Delhi: Indian industrialist Sajjan Jindal’s presence in Pakistan has again strengthened opposition firepower in that country against Nawaz Sharif, with speculation rife that his meeting with the Pakistani prime minister was to deliver a “secret” message from Narendra Modi.

    On Thursday, Pakistani media splashed reports about a “secret meeting” between JSW group MD Sajjan Jindal and Nawaz Sharif, a day earlier. In the past, Indian journalist Barkha Dutt has claimed that Jindal – a billionaire with a steel empire who is known to be close to both Modi and Nawaz Sharif – was a go-between for the two leaders. This had been strenuously denied by both India and Pakistan, officially. However, a sighting of Jindal in Pakistan on the same day as Prime Minister Modi’s unannounced Lahore visit in December 2015 had further fuelled these speculation about a ‘back channel’ even as an official Indian spokesman denied the connection on the record.

    With relations between India and Pakistan currently at rock-bottom, the grapevine again went on over-drive, speculating about the reasons for Jindal’s visit – especially whether he had come to discuss the situation arising out of the conviction of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian naval officer, for espionage and the imposition of the death penalty on him by a field general court martial of the Pakistani military earlier this month.

    News of Jindal’s visit was likely leaked to the Pakistani media by the intelligence services. It is possible that Wednesday’s ‘coincidental’ release of a ‘confessional video’ by a surrendered Pakistani terrorist, Ehsanullah Ehsan – in which he alleges that India’s RAW was behind the Pakistani Taliban – was also part of a flanking manoeuvre by a military establishment wary of Nawaz Sharif going off the reservation. Ehsanullah had surrendered to the Pakistani military on April 17.

    On Thursday, India responded to Ehsanullah’s charges. “We know the value of such coerced ‘confessions’,” the spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs said. “All that they reflect is a mindset on the part of those who put out such coerced ‘Confessions’, which believes that others in the world also do what they do.”

    While South Block sources denied any knowledge of the Indian businessman’s Islamabad latest visit, Nawaz Sharif’s daughter took to Twitter on Thursday night to deny there was anything “secret” about the meeting between Sharif and his “old friend”, Sajjan Jindal.


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    7:38 PM - 27 Apr 2017




    However, the denial came a bit too late, with the opposition already sharpening its knives.

    Pakistan People’s Party senator Sherry Rehman announced that she had submitted an adjournment motion to discuss the “secret meeting” in parliament.

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    Senator @sherryrehman sumbits an Adj.Motion in the #senate on the secret meeting held between Nawaz Sharif and Indian steel magnate Jindal

    4:56 PM - 27 Apr 2017




    In Pakistan’s Punjab assembly, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf tabled a resolution on the meeting between Sharif and Jindal.

    The resolution states that the ‘Indian delegation’ flew to Pakistan to rescue the beleaguered Prime Minister. The resolution demanded that the house and the people of Pakistan be informed of the reasons behind the visit.

    According to Pakistani news channel, ARY news, Jindal was part of a three-member Indian delegation which met with Sharif in the hill station of Murree, just outside Islamabad.

    ARY reported that Jindal arrived in Pakistan in a special flight from Kabul on Wednesday morning. “The delegation have either came with a special message from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif or related to the fate of the convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, analysts say while talking on the visit,” the channel’s report said.

    Citing ‘sources’, Samaa TV claimed that Jindal’s visit was to “pave the way for a meeting between Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), an emerging economic and security alliance”.

    The SCO summit is due to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan on June 8 and 9, 2017. Both Modi and Nawaz Sharif have confirmed their attendance.
    https://thewire.in/129626/sajjan-jindal-nawaz-shatif-modi/

    News of Jindal’s visit was likely leaked to the Pakistani media by the intelligence services. It is possible that Wednesday’s ‘coincidental’ release of a ‘confessional video’ by a surrendered Pakistani terrorist, Ehsanullah Ehsan – in which he alleges that India’s RAW was behind the Pakistani Taliban – was also part of a flanking manoeuvre by a military establishment wary of Nawaz Sharif going off the reservation.
    And pakistani Army & ISI does it again.:yahoo::yahoo::yahoo:
     
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    If this GoI is again goes for a talks with Pak Govtv,I wont support them ,not again.
    We dont need spineless morons in our Govt .
    Indira was far better than this.
     
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