New Delhi: Speculation over official level contacts to lay the groundwork for a thaw between India and Pakistan gathered steam on Wednesday with Pakistan foreign secretary Sohail Mehmood’s presence in New Delhi.
Mehmood was seen offering namaz or prayers on the occasion of Eid in New Delhi’s Jama Masjid mosque, according to news reports.
The Ministry of External Affairs and the Pakistan High Commision have not confirmed or commented on Sohail’s presence in New Delhi.
Sohail was the former Pakistani high commissioner to India before he was appointed foreign secretary.
His quiet visit to New Delhi has raised speculation that moves are afoot to facilitate a meeting between Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two are expected to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet in Bishkek later this month.
India-Pakistan ties have been tense since the 14 February Pulwama terrorist attack in which 40 Indian security personnel were killed. Indian officials have said there is no possibility of a meeting between Khan and Modi in Bishkek.