NEW DELHI: With External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj expected to meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on the sidelines of the SAARC ministerial meeting in Kathmandu, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today said there will be no outcome of the meeting as the civilian government in Islamabad is a puppet in the hands of the ISI and the military.
“Pakistan’s civilian government is a puppet in the hands of ISI and the military. May be on the ground level, the Indian Government is taking some serious action. But in my opinion, this is a waste of time as there will be no outcome,” Swamy told ANI here.
The meeting between Swaraj and Aziz will take place amid the stalled Foreign Secretary-level talks between both nations following the impasse over the probe of the January 2016 Pathankot Air Base terror attack.
According to official sources, the Foreign Secretaries will meet only after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) from Pakistan arrives in India and makes concrete progress in the probe.
While both Swaraj and Aziz will hold official bilateral talks tomorrow, they will come face-to-face at the meeting tonight.
Swaraj will hold a dialogue with Aziz tomorrow afternoon.
Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry exchanged courtesies at the SAARC dinner last night.
This was the first time the two have met since the attack on the Pathankot air base in January, which derailed bilateral ties between the two nations.