The former External Affairs Minister, Jaswant Singh, whose book on Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah led to his expulsion from the Bharatiya Janata Party, has no intention of visiting Pakistan now and has not even applied for a visa.
Setting at rest speculation in this regard, his son Manvendra Singh said: “He has not even applied for a visa… Where is the question of the Indian government denying him a security clearance to visit Pakistan?” He was referring to media reports that Mr. Jaswant Singh was denied security clearance by the government for a promotional visit to sign copies of the book at a leading bookshop in Islamabad and for a speaking engagement.
“Moreover, there is no Pakistani edition of the book yet. The publishers may be pushing up the sales there. But for the moment, he has no plans to go there,” said Mr. Manvendra Singh, a former MP who represented Barmer in Rajasthan.
However, he said that his father did nurse an ambition to go to Pakistan. “But the dates have not been fixed.”