Pakistan’s lameduck Foreign Advisor Sartaj Aziz arrives in Amritsar for the Heart of Asia conference

Sartaj Aziz arrives in Amritsar

IAs Afghanistan faces the resurgence of Taliban, a conference of major regional and global powers began on Saturday in this holy city to explore ways to effectively deal with threat of terrorism in the region, its complex security matrix and help the war-ravaged nation in its transition.

The annual conference is taking place amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan in the wake of the terror attack on Nagrota Army base and there was no clarity on an Indo-Pak bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the conclave.

Being attended by nearly 40 countries and leading groupings like the European Union, the annual conference of the Heart of Asia — Istanbul Process is deliberating on various challenges facing Afghanistan, including revival of a peace process in the conflict-ridden country.

On Saturday, senior officials of all 14 countries, including India, China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan, and representatives of 17 supporting nations were deliberating on a vast range of issues facing the region including its complex security scenario and dealing with threat of terrorism, radicalisation and extremism.

Pakistan is represented by Sartaj Aziz, an adviser to its PM and with absolutely no power to influence Pak Foreign Policy that’s run by its Huge Army establishment.

The conference is being jointly inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.