New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's office on Sunday denied media reports that he had contacted Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani through an unofficial envoy before the Mohali meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani.

Terming the reports as false in a statement, the Prime Minister's media adviser, Harish Khare said, “We have seen media reports quoting a British newspaper saying Prime Minister Manmohan Singh contacted Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani before the Mohali meeting between the two prime ministers. The report is false.”

According to London-based The Times, Manmohan Singh had opened secret talks with the head of Pakistan's military to build on the cricket-inspired diplomatic thaw between the two neighbouring nations.

The newspaper said Manmohan Singh appointed an unofficial envoy about 10 months ago to contact Kayani, who exercises de facto control over the country's foreign policy.  

It said backchannel talks had encouraged Western capitals to believe that it would help the two countries put the bilateral process back on track.
    
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had visited Mohali last month at the invitation of Manmohan Singh to watch the March 30 World Cup cricket semifinal match between India and Pakistan.
He had expressed happiness at the resumption of dialogue between the countries, which was affected in the wake of the Mumbai terror attack of 2008.

BJP warns PM of 'consequences'

Meanwhile, reacting to a media report that Manmohan Singh had contacted Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani before meeting his Pak counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani at Mohali, BJP on Sunday said Singh should be aware of the 'consequences'.

BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told a press conference in Kolkata, "The activities of
the Army of Pakistan are well known." "The Prime Minister is well aware of the consequences of this kind of secret talks, but as we don't know much of the fact, we cannot comment anything more," Prasad said.

He, however, did not specify what the consequences could be.

(JPN/Agencies)