Guns on border, mangoes to Modi: Nawaz Sharif's India approach

Days after refusing to accept sweets offered by India at the Attari-Wagah joint check post near Amritsar, Pakistan has now resorted to 'mango diplomacy' to lessen the bitterness in ties with India.

Updated: Jul 22, 2015, 13:57 PM IST
PlayGuns on border, mangoes to Modi: Nawaz Sharif's India approach

Islamabad: Days after refusing to accept sweets offered by India at the Attari-Wagah joint check post near Amritsar, Pakistan has now resorted to 'mango diplomacy' to lessen the bitterness in ties with India.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sent a box of mangoes to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi through "official channels" despite the fact that Pakistan has been continuously violating the ceasefire agreement by firing at Indian positions along the Line of Control and International Border.

Sharif had last year also tried to undo the damage to ties by sending mangoes to Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee. Mangoes were delivered soon after India withdrew foreign secretary talks.

Pakistan had last week claimed shooting down an Indian 'drone' in its airspace.

India had, however, said that the drone was a Chinese one available off the shelf, and added that Islamabad was trying to shift the blame for ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir.