NEW DELHI - Pakistan is all set to begin consultations with Sri Lanka to help set up a nuclear power plant in Trincomallee’s Sampur, reported India Today on Tuesday.

The development is being viewed with concern in New Delhi since the Indian embassy in Colombo reported the development to South Block (Indian Prime Minister’s office). The strategy is part of Pakistan’s grand design of increasing influence in the island nation, actively backed by China.

Indian High ommissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok Kantha was in New Delhi last week and is believed to have briefed senior officials on Pakistan’s recent advances in Lanka. Islamabad also wants to expand defence trade with Colombo.

Even as the Congress-led UPA government comes under intense pressure from its allies in Tamil Nadu on its defence relationship with Lanka at the expense of India, Pakistan is quietly making inroads.