PM didn’t contact Pak’s Kayani: PMO

A report had claimed PM Singh had appointed an "unofficial envoy" to make contact with Kayani.

New Delhi: The Prime Minister`s Office
on Sunday termed as `false` a media report that Manmohan Singh had
contacted Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani before
the Mohali meeting between Prime Ministers of the two
countries.

"We have seen media reports quoting a British
newspaper saying that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh contacted
Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani before the Mohali
meeting between the two Prime Ministers. The report is false,"
PM`s Media Adviser Harish Khare said in a statement.

London-based `The Times` had yesterday reported that
Singh had appointed an "unofficial envoy" to make contact with
Kayani, who exercises de facto control over Pakistan`s foreign
policy.

The talks, through a back channel, have encouraged the
UK and US believe that the countries` competition for
influence in Afghanistan could be better managed during
efforts to start a peace process, the media report had said.

The visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani to watch the semi-final match between India and
Pakistan in the cricket World Cup last month has sparked hopes
of a diplomatic thaw between the two neighbouring countries.

PTI