Sartaj Aziz to visit India to defuse tension between nuclear-armed neighbours

Sartaj Aziz
Photo of Pakistan's foreign policy chief, Sartaj Aziz.

Islamabad: Foreign policy chief of Pakistan, Sartaj Aziz today said that he is planning to attend the Heart of Asia Conference in India on December 3rd.

Aziz feels that his visit could be used to “defuse the tension” between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

According to Pakistan news channel, Aziz confirmed this news by saying, “Unlike India, that had sabotaged Saarc summit in Pakistan by pulling out, Pakistan will respond by participating in the Heart of Asia being held in Amritsar, India, on December 3.”

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Aziz, said himself that will participate in the conference. However added that it has not been confirmed yet whether he will meet his Indian counterpart on the sidelines of the conference or not.

The Adviser maintained, “Despite the fact that Indian soldiers killed our seven soldiers along Line of Control on Monday, Pakistan will not boycott the conference.”

Aziz´s trip to India would be the first by a senior Pakistani official since gunmen raided an army base in Uri town of Jammu and Kashmir and killed 19 soldiers in September, an attack New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

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The Heart of Asia conference focusing on Afghanistan is due to be held in Amritsar, close to the Pakistani border.

The meeting will seek ways to help improve security and bring peace to Afghanistan, which has been mired in conflict since a US-led coalition toppled the hardline Taliban government in 2001.

Associations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have also been anxious over the past year, with Kabul accusing Islamabad of harbouring the leaders of Taliban and seeking to meddle in Afghan affairs.

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