ISLAMABAD – The recent meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian business tycoon Sajjan Jindal had fueled intense speculations and heated debate in the country.

However, according to BBC Urdu, PM Sharif had taken COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa into confidence on his recent meeting with Jindal.

The report said that the civil leadership had informed the military authorities that the PM’s meeting with an Indian business tycoon, who is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was a part of backchannel diplomacy. It was further informed that the businessman had the backing of some important Indian officials for his meeting with the prime minister to defuse ongoing tension between the two neighbouring countries.

The military leadership also took its officials into confidence on the meeting. The COAS told his officers that the meeting was a part of backchannel diplomacy.

The report said the only detail of the meeting the PM shared with his aides was that Jindal was making efforts to defuse tension between India and Pakistan.