How much was Pakistan’s Foreign Office kept in the know about these back-channel activities?
Let me tell you one thing, and those who know me would vouch for it. I would never become spokesman for anything – and I was required to be Pakistan’s spokesman as Foreign Minister – unless I was a party to everything. The usual method was that we sent certain messages; messages between Delhi and Islamabad. These were detailed messages; sometimes involving construction of sentences, syntax, full stops and semi-colons. Non-papers, you mean? Well, I did not wish to say that but since you say. Well, of course, either government can deny it. But this was an attempt to bridge the gap between the two, and this had gone on for long. What used to happen is that Mr. Tariq Aziz dealt on different occasions; first, with Mr. Brajesh Mishra and, after the change of government in India (in 2004), with Mr. J.N. Dixit. After Mr. Dixit passed away, he dealt with Mr. Satish Lambah. The common method was that these messages would pass, we would comment on what they sent to us and they would comment on wh
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