ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and India are working on agenda for a possible meeting of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh, sources said on Sunday.

Diplomatic sources said Islamabad and New Delhi were working through diplomatic channels to set out minimum agenda of talks in case the two prime ministers find an opportunity to meet on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in September.

They said that another related issue – the schedule for the expected meeting – is also being worked out through the back channel diplomacy. The sources were optimistic about finalisation of the things soon as they said both the leaders were desirous of mending ties for the sake of regional peace and development.

Both Pakistan and India have recently revived back-channel diplomacy, also known as Track 2 diplomacy, primarily to set the agenda for the meeting of the two prime ministers. For this purpose Pakistan's special envoy for back-channel diplomacy, Shehryar Khan, has recently met with Indian prime minister and discussed the details.

Sources in the Foreign Office were of the view that the crucial meeting between the two prime ministers would lead to resumption of composite dialogue process to normalise bilateral relations between the two south Asian neighbours. They believed that the meeting would set the course for meaningful and result orientated talks.

On taking over the office of prime minister, Nawaz had sent directives to the Foreign Office that outlined his vision for the country's foreign policy, seeking to strengthen ties with all the neighbouring countries. In his Saturday’s visit to Foreign Office, he stressed upon the need to progressively pursue normalcy in bilateral relations, while actively seeking solutions for all outstanding issues, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. He asked the diplomats to vigorously pursue economic diplomacy and expressed his desire to economic and trade cooperation with India in the light of country’s national development objectives.