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Pak confirms Sushma-envoy meet; denies talks on Jadhav issue

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Pakistan on Saturday confirmed that its new High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood had recently met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj but denied that any specific case came up for discussion during the talks.

“It is customary for the newly-posted envoys to make courtesy calls on local dignitaries. Accordingly, the High Commissioner had a meeting with India’s Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on 17 October,’’ Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson said in a press release, which was also forwarded to the Indian media by the High Commission here.

The meeting was held in a cordial and constructive atmosphere. They took stock of the current state of relations. While broad contours of bilateral relations were deliberated upon during this interaction, no specific case up under discussion. ‘’Therefore, the reports appearing in the Indian media are speculative,’’ the spokesperson said.

An English daily earlier said India had raised the issue of Kulbhushan Jadhav, and asked Islamabad to review its position on the former Indian Navy officer, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage.