There was no major outcome from the hour-long meeting between the two Prime Ministers although it was announced that the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two countries have been tasked to come up with a clear plan to restore ceasefire and the way forward to ensure that it remains in force and in place. (Agencies)
No timeframe was set for this but the Indian side said they would like to address the problem as soon as possible.
Stability along the LoC and shutting down of the terror machinery on the Pakistan soil directed at India formed the core agenda for Singh in his first-ever meeting with the recently-elected Sharif.
Sharif drove to Singh's hotel New York Palace in midtown Manhattan for the meeting. The two Prime Ministers extended invitations to each other for official visits but no dates were indicated. It is unlikely that Singh would achieve his desire of visiting Pakistan where he was born 81 years ago, given the current state of bilateral ties and the fact that his tenure is nearing its end.
For the record, India's National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon told a media briefing at which both Indian and Pakistani journalists were present that the meeting was "cordial, useful and constructive".
Singh also demanded effective action to bring to justice the perpetrators of 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai, he said the talks that came against the grim backdrop of twin terror attacks near Jammu on Thursday.
Unfazed by the demand by the BJP for calling off his meeting in the wake of the attacks, Prime Minister Singh decided to go ahead with the meeting. Menon said the immediate priority is to "get out of the situation" which the two countries were because of cross border terrorism and LoC ceasefire violations.
Singh told Sharif that "peace on LoC is a precondition" for improvement in ties. The two leaders agreed to see improvement in situation on the LoC where ceasefire violations are taking place on the Pakistani side.
Singh invites Sharif to visit India
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invited his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to visit India as the two leaders met here for the first time to discuss ways to normalise bilateral ties.
The two Prime Ministers met at New York Palace Hotel in midtown Manhattan on the margins on UN General Assembly session, during which Sharif also renewed his invitation to Singh to visit Pakistan.
"Sharif invited Prime Minister Singh to visit Pakistan and Singh invited Sharif to visit India. Both accepted the invitations," National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon said during a media briefing after the meeting.
"No dates have been set yet," he said. Prime Minister Singh's ancestral hometown is at Gah in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Sharif had earlier said that he would be happy to welcome Singh in Pakistan to visit ancestral hometown in Gah.
There was no major outcome from the hour-long meeting between the two Prime Ministers although it was announced that the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two countries have been tasked to come up with a clear plan to restore ceasefire and the way forward to ensure that it remains in force and in place.