Islamabad: There is a smell of roses in the cold air blowing between India and Pakistan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sent a bouquet of flowers to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi when he learnt of her visit to hospital last week. Gandhi was taken to the hospital in New Delhi on August 26 after she felt unwell during a debate in parliament.
On Sharif’s directive, Pakistan’s foreign office asked its High Commission in New Delhi to have flowers delivered to Gandhi, The Nation reported.
The bouquet was sent with a “get well” message and warm wishes on behalf of Sharif, the report said.
Tensions between the two countries escalated since five Indian soldiers were killed in an attack by Pakistani troops on the Line of Control on August 6.
Since then, there have been frequent exchanges of fire at the LoC. Pakistani has claimed that four of its soldiers, including a captain, have died along the ceasefire line.
Both sides have accused each other of violating the 2003 ceasefire agreement on the LoC.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif are expected to meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Geo News reported Thursday.
The meeting, which will focus on bilateral issues with an emphasis on tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan, will be held in New York between Sep 26-27, diplomatic sources said.
Sharif is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly Sep 27 while Singh’s address is scheduled for the following day.
India’s High Commissioner in Islamabad, A Raghavan, paid a courtesy call on the Adviser to the Sharif on national security and foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz.
Raghavan described the LoC incident as unfortunate and stressed the importance of resuming the bilateral dialogue process.
Aziz said there was hope in Sharif’s government about picking up the threads from the Lahore Declaration of 1999 and embarking on a new phase of Pakistan-India relations.