ISLAMABAD – The South Asian and international media stood still when Pakistani and Indian premiers shook hands of each others for nearly 30 seconds at South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)’s summit.
However, there were some rumors about a secret meeting between the leaders of two most mighty yet troubled neighbors before Thursday.
At least one Pakistani media house reported on Friday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself accepted that brief handshake with his Indian counterpart at closing session was not the only meeting. PakistanTribe had also reported that on a lunch table Narendra Modi lodged complaints from Nawaz Sharif over the delay in progress regarding few prime agendas upon which decisions were already taken.
It was also reported that Pakistan’s famous defence analyst and former military general Talat Masood had maintained that India held some genuine grievances which we have to address including the granting of Most Favorite Nation (MFN) status.
Not to forget that at SAARC Summit 2014 at least 10 pacts were presented for approval but Pakistan reportedly veto nine of them. Only one pact was adopted just minutes before the closing session and that too regarding establishing a energy grid for South Asian countries.