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
"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
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.