MEA confirms India, Pak NSAs met in Thailand to discuss terror

NSA Ajit Doval met Pakistani counterpart in Thailand: MEA
India, Pakistan NSAs held meeting, confirms MEA spokesperson, says talks on terror can go ahead

13 January, 2018

India has introduced some nuance rephrasing in its lexicon on engaging Pakistan on terror issues.

When this question was posed to Kumar at the regular MEA briefing, the spokesperson said dates of such meetings are fixed days in advance. This will take the wind out of Pakistan's attempts to blame India on worldwide platforms for avoiding talks to de-escalate border tension. "Similarly, the NSA-level engagement is part of operational-level talks", Kumar added.

India on Thursday broke its radio silence on last month's NSA-level talks with Pakistan in Thailand but said this use of an "operational mechanism" for contact didn't in any way dilute New Delhi's stated position that "talks and terror" can't go together.

"We raised the issue of cross-border terrorism in those talks because our main issue is how to ensure the safety of our region from the scourge of cross-border terrorism".

Our position is clear, dialogue and terrorism can not go together, the official stressed, referring to the systematic Indian accusations against its neighbor for the support of Islamabad to extremist groups in the Kashmir region.

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While Pakistan termed its decision to allow Jadhav's family to travel to Islamabad to meet him in December as a humanitarian gesture, India said the neighbour violating mutual understandings, asserting that the Indian national appeared coerced and under considerable stress during the tightly - controlled interaction.

The Doval-Janjua talks came just a day after Pakistan allowed former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is now in a jail in Islamabad, to meet his wife and mother.

On December 31 the newspaper The Indian Express revealed the meeting between Doval and Janjua.

"India and Pakistan had a dialogue process". There have been occasional telephonic engagements after that. CBD was launched by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during her visit to Islamabad on 9 December 2015. However, the mood for CBD is built up following similar NSA talks in 2015. New Delhi had claimed that the two women were mistreated by Pakistani officials during the meeting.

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