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No bilateral meeting scheduled with India, Aziz to leave on Sunday

IANS  |  Islamabad 

and will not hold any bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Heart of Conference being held in Amritsar on December 3-4, it was reported on Thursday.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is leading the Pakistani delegation to the two-day meeting that will focus on cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours for improving connectivity and tackling security threats in the region.

"For now, we don't see any willingness on their part... the ball is in India's court, for they know we are willing but we don't know whether they are willing," a foreign office official told Dawn on Wednesday.

on Wednesday clarified that it has not officially received a request for any bilateral meeting from Islamabad.

"has not requested for any bilateral meeting so far," Gopal Baglay, who heads the Indian Ministry of External Affairs division dealing with Pakistan, said at a briefing in New Delhi.

and had at the last Heart of ministerial meeting in Islamabad agreed to start "Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue" that was to cover all outstanding issues. The resumption of the dialogue could, however, not take place due to the Pathankot attack in January earlier this year.

Bilateral relations further deteriorated in July following the commencement of unrest in Jammu and Kashmir and placed the blame for the September 18 Uri military camp attack and continuing infiltration attempts on

Things turned worse with the spike in ceasefire violations at the border that have left dozens of people dead in barely two months.

The government decided to attend the Heart of conference despite a deep freeze in bilateral ties, even though had scuttled the Saarc summit that Islamabad was to host in November this year.

Aziz had earlier said in Islamabad: "sabotaged Saarc, but would not do the same."



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First Published: Thu, December 01 2016. 10:48 IST