New York: Well-known Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir on Sunday said Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had not described his Indian counterpart as a `Dehati Aurat` (village woman), as had been claimed earlier.
In an apparent retraction of his derogatory statement, said to have been flagged on the micro-blogging site Twitter, and on Pakistan television, which prompted an angry and firm rejoinder from the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at a rally in New Delhi, Mir said: "Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif didn`t make any derogatory remark on Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh."
Mir issued the statement after the two Prime Ministers met in New York on Sunday.
Mir`s allegation became the central focus of debate in the political sphere in India, after Modi brought up the accusation at a rally in New Delhi this afternoon.
The controversy was rooted in a comment made by on Geo TV alleging that Sharif had used the term "dehati aurat" to describe Dr Manmohan Singh, while meeting him and an Indian journalist on Saturday.