NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s High Commissioner in India Shahid Malik Thursday evening paid a curtsey call on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh. Malik arrived at the BJP headquarters at 11, Ashoka Road at 5 p.m. and was closeted with Singh till 6 p.m. when Delhi legislator Vijay Jolly escorted him out to his car.
The Pakistani diplomat described the visit as a courtesy call, ‘to keep in touch with leaders of all important political parties’ in India. ‘As Pakistan’s emissary, it is my job to keep in touch with all important political leaders of India.’ Terming it a very good and warm meeting, he said: ‘We discussed the goodwill between our two countries. I brought to him the message of goodwill from my country.’
Malik said: ‘Like all other political leaders, he (Singh) also said that a strong and stable Pakistan is in India’s interest.’Singh, while underplaying the significance of the meeting, conceded that this was the first time any Pakistani diplomat had come to meet him.
He refused to elaborate on their discussions. ‘This concerns India-Pakistan relations. It is not proper for me as the president of a major political party to say anything.’ ‘He had been seeking an appointment for a couple of days. But I was busy with my tours,’ said the president of the country’s main opposition party. Insiders in the BJP felt the party’s resurgence after the victories in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh made foreign diplomats see a distinct possibility of the BJP’s return to power at the national level.-SANA