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Pakistan envoy meets with Sushma Swaraj

Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria today confirmed that Mahmood met Swaraj on October 17

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Sushma Swaraj
Sushma Swaraj | Photo: PTI

today said its High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, but dismissed as "speculative" the reports in media that the two discussed the issue of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Foreign Office issued a statement after reports in media claimed that Swaraj asked Mahmood to drop all charges against Jadhav and send him back for any progress in bilateral ties.

46-year-old Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military in April for his alleged involvement in espionage and terrorist activities. The International of Justice in May halted his execution on India's appeal.

Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria today confirmed that Mahmood Swaraj on October 17 but asserted that it was a routine meeting by the diplomat who recently assumed office as Pakistan's new High Commissioner to

"While broad contours of bilateral relations were deliberated upon during this interaction, no specific case came under discussion. Therefore, the reports appearing in the Indian media are speculative," Zakaria said.

He also said that the meeting was held in a cordial and constructive atmosphere.

"The Minister and the High Commissioner took stock of the current state of Pakistan-relations," he said.

He said it is "customary for the newly-posted envoys to make courtesy calls on the local dignitaries.

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First Published: Sat, October 21 2017. 23:39 IST