As per a recent Pakistani media report, Indian steel tycoon Sajjan Jindal secretly visited Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday. The Pakistani media is speculating that the visit is a back door effort from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to de-escalate the tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours amid the arrest of alleged Indian sky, Kulbhusan Jadhav.
Sajjan Jindal is one of the most influential personalities in Pakistan and he is also chairman of JSW steel. Speculations are rife that during Christmas, Sajjan Jindal facilitated the brief meeting between the two prime ministers. Pakistan Express Tribune stated that the steel tycoon is a common friend of both Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif, who is being used by India time and again. The back door diplomacy is used by Indian Prime Minister to sort out the differences before the Shanghai Cooperation organization meet.
The report also states that most of the influential nations of SCO want both India and Pakistan to resolve their differences for the peace and stability of the South Asian region. This secret meeting has given much-needed fodder to opposition parties in Pakistan to target incumbent government of Nawaz Sharif. The senator of Pakistan people’s party, Sherry Rehman said that “People of Pakistan have the right to know about the secretive meeting with Indian counterpart.” She also mentioned that the government of Pakistan must take the citizens in confidence before meeting any dignitaries from the neighbouring country.
The Indian officials are yet to comment anything on the issue.