Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz disclosed on Tuesday about his plans to attend the Heart of Asia conference in India, suggesting that the visit could be used to “defuse the tension” between the neighbours.

Sartaj Aziz’s trip to India would be the first by a senior Pakistani official since gunmen attacked Uri base in Indian-occupied Kashmir killing 19 soldiers in September.

The killing of Indian soldiers soured relations as India blamed Pakistan for the attack. Afterwards, Islamabad and New Delhi accusing opposing diplomats of spying and then expelling them.

“Its a good opportunity to defuse the tension,constant” Aziz told the state-run PTV channel.

Despite hinting at a possible detente, Aziz said there was no official meeting scheduled with Indian officials.

The Heart of Asia conference focusing on Afghanistan is due to be held in the first week of December in the northwestern Indian city of Amritsar.

The conference will seek ways to help improve security and bring peace to Afghanistan, which has been constant chaos ever sinch US overturned Taliban regime.

“Heart of Asia is for Afghanistan and Afghanistan is our priority,” said Aziz.