New Delhi: The divide in Islamabad on how to handle Narendra Modi as India’s Prime Minister came into the open once again on Saturday when two key advisors of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke in two different voices: one claimed relations can never improve so long as Modi is PM, while the other felt that if anyone could break legacy in Indo-Pak hurdles it was PM Modi. Sartaj Aziz, Sharif’s advisor on foreign affairs, felt that there could be no breakthrough in relations between Pakistan and India so long as Modi is the PM. However, within hours his observations were contradicted by Mushahid Hussain Syed, Sharif’s Special Envoy on Kashmir.
Hussain who is on a tour to the US told reporters that “Modi was not from the Indian-Delhi establishment, where you have unsmiling crusty old men who are always sulking and who are stuck in old cold war mentality as he is an outsider.” Modi has the capacity to spring a surprise. One good thing about him is that he is flexible enough to do U-Turns. So I expect a good U-Turn probably in the coming months in our relations and we might see pleasant surprise in relations with South Asia, because Modi and Sharif have a good rapport and I think, Modi is preparing his people for this U turn,” Syed said.
“I feel that there would be SAARC Summit in Islamabad. Modi will come there. And he would embrace Nawaz Sharif. I think Modi would realise that this is the way forward,” Syed added. Incidentally, Syed is on a US tour to submit to the White House a dossier on India’s alleged human rights violations in Kashmir.
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