Srinagar: Prime minister Narendra Modi didn’t send India’s steel tycoon Sajjan Jindal to meet Pakistan’s premier Nawaz Sharif, this was stated by Indian journalist and author Prem Shankar Jha, reports Dawn on Tuesday, adding that Sajjan came on the invitation of Sharif.

“Mr Jindal visited Pakistan on Nawaz Sharif’s invitation as he wasn’t sent by PM Modi’s advice,” Jha said at a Geo News show, the report says.

Jha strongly criticised the Indian government’s policy on Kashmir and said dialogue was the only way out to resolve the decades-old conflict, the report says.

“The Modi government is fast losing out all options. The situation [in Kashmir] is so grim that I don’t see any option of dialogue is left. I think that India doesn’t want to move towards dialogue.”

An unannounced meeting between Sharif and Jindal at the hill resort town of Murree last month triggered intense speculation in the country, with several politicians and analysts suggesting it could be the precursor to a possible meeting between the Pakistani and Indian premiers in the near future, the report says.

Jindal, who is known for being close to Modi, also has a friendly relationship with the Sharif family. His visit was seen as part of some backchannel contact to improve relations between the two countries by some analysts and experts on Pak-India relations.

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