On Thursday, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hina Rabbani Khar, told the Senate that there is no backchannel diplomacy going on with India.
Since the government had come into power, there was no backchannel diplomacy between Pakistan and India, she said during a Senate session.
The declaration comes a day after sources said that India had invited Pakistan’s Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting, which will be held in Goa in May.
Earlier last week, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had said that his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi should hold talks to resolve burning issues like Kashmir.
At the same time, India responded that the atmosphere for dialogue has yet to be conducive.
Moreover, Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said that Pakistan had received the invitation to attend the SCO meeting in Goa and added that Pakistan has yet to respond to India’s invitation.
India and Pakistan are both members of the organization. This year’s conference is being held and will be chaired by India in Goa.