New Delhi, July 10: Defence expert Major General (retired) P.K. Sehgal has said that today’s meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif will be ‘fruitful’, adding that Islamabad is under pressure from China, US and Saudi Arabia to improve relations with New Delhi. (Read: If needed, Pakistan can use nuclear weapons: minister)Also Read - New Covid Variant Threat: India Extends Travel Restrictions to THESE Countries. Full List Here

“This meeting is going to be fruitful.During the past one year, relations between India and Pakistan have been on a downslide, because of [Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Zaki-ur-Rehman] Lakhvi’s release, because of constant ceasefire violations. It was therefore important for the two Prime Ministers to talk,” Major Gen Sehgal told ANI. Also Read - Delhi CM's Free Pilgrimage Scheme: Kejriwal Govt Includes Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan. Details Here

“I am of the firm conviction that, unlike other India-Pakistan meetings, something is bound to come out of this meeting.Pakistan has been very unhappy because of the covert operation in Myanmar, they have been equally unhappy with Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Bangladesh..China, US and Saudi Arabia are pressuring Pakistan to improve relations with India,” he added. Also Read - T20 WC 2021 India-Pakistan Match Most Watched in T20I History, ICC Reveal Staggering Numbers

Prime Minister Modi will hold bilateral talks with Sharif on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Ufa, Russia today. According to reports, Prime Minister Modi will, during the talks, strongly raise India’s concerns on terror and the release of Lakhavi with Pakistan. The meeting between the Prime Ministers of both countries comes a day after Pakistani troops had fired at a Border Security Force forward post in Kashmir, killing a jawan. This was the second such incident in the past week.