Indian steel tycoon Sajjan Jindal meets Nawaz Sharif in Pak

Lahore: Indian steel magnate Sajjan Jindal has met Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a visit to Islamabad, triggering speculation in Pakistani media over revival of bilateral talks amid strains in ties.

The meeting between Sharif and Jindal took place yesterday at the premier’s private residence in the country’s hill station Murree, about 45 kms from Islamabad.

After opposition parties created an uproar over the “secret” meeting, Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif said there was nothing secret about the meeting.

“Mr. Jindal is an old friend of the Prime Minister. Nothing ‘secret’ about the meeting & should not be blown out of proportion. Thank you,” Maryam tweeted.

The family members of Sharif received Jindal at the Islamabad airport after he come from Afghanistan. Jindal was later escorted to Murree in an official protocol where he had an hour-long meeting with the prime minister.