Something like this happened in the SAARC conference
Relations between India and Pakistan have been strained since the partition in 1947. The 11th SAARC Summit was held in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, from 4 to 6 January 2002. This conference was being organized after the attack on the Parliament of India, the Kargil war and the historic Agra conference. Musharraf had come to participate in this conference. Musharraf said in his speech that his country wanted to resolve all issues with India peacefully. He wants good relations with India. After this, he announced that through this conference, he extends the hand of friendship to the Prime Minister of India, Vajpayee.
Vajpayee also mixed
Musharraf was coming down from the podium after giving his speech during the SAARC conference. Musharraf surprised everyone by shaking hands with Vajpayee. But what Vajpayee did after this, Musharraf himself did not expect. Musharraf was the same General of the Pakistan Army who wrote the story of Kargil and then had a face-off. Musharraf came close to Vajpayee before going to his seat after giving his speech and he extended his hand. Vajpayee could not ignore this. He also got up from his seat and warmly shook hands and replied to the general.
Musharraf’s plan failed
Musharraf wanted to tell the world with this handshake that Pakistan still wants friendship and peace with India. Regarding the incident, the media of India and Pakistan wrote on this handshake that at a time when the danger of terrorism remains intact, the warmth seen between Musharraf and Vajpayee is really commendable. Musharraf definitely wanted to present a different image of himself by joining hands. But Vajpayee’s speech ruined his plan.
If Vajpayee did a handshake, then after a few seconds he also gave a befitting reply to Musharraf. Vajpayee had said in this conference, ‘I am happy that President Musharraf has extended the hand of friendship towards me. I shook hands with him in the presence of all of you. Now Musharraf will have to take this sentiment forward. Vajpayee said Musharraf would have to promise that he would not allow terrorist activities against India to flourish in Pakistan or its borders.
Vajpayee reminded everything
Vajpayee also did not forget to remind that India has always been in favor of friendship with Pakistan. He also went to Lahore for the same purpose but every time Pakistan has betrayed India. Vajpayee said in a strong tone that after Lahore, India got the gift of Kargil war. Indian Airlines plane was hijacked from Kathmandu. After this he does not forget what Vajpayee said till today. His words were, ‘I called Musharraf to Agra and he gifted us with a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir as well as an attack on Parliament.’ A month after this incident i.e. in February 2002, when Musharraf gave an interview to a Japanese media, he admitted that joining hands with Vajpayee was the most difficult decision of his life.