Even after the cancellation of much anticipated NSA talks has lead to the bitter exchange between the two sides, the Pakistan establishment on Sunday said that meetings between the DGMOs of the two countries and representatives of Pakistan Rangers and BSF will go ahead as agreed in the Ufa joint statement. The confirmation of this round of meeting was lent by no other than Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.
“Yes, Rangers and BSF are going ahead…DGMOs will also talk, but it requires mechanism which goes beyond and suggestions have been made to make sure that some reduction in tension takes place,” Sartaj Aziz told the press.
“I think Pakistan Rangers-BSF (meeting)…is confirmed for 6th (September). Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) can meet anywhere, they can agree among themselves, whenever they want to meet,” Aziz added further.
However, talking about the cancellation of NSA-level dialogue with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, Sartaj squarely blamed the Indian government. Terming New Delhi’s stand of discussing only terror as a “unilateral decision” one, he claimed that the Ufa objective was to reduce tension for which there was a “need to discuss Kashmir”.
According to Aziz, the agreement reached in Ufa after the meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif was interpreted differently by both the countries.
In a surprising move, Sartaj Aziz added that Pakistan will not propose talks in New York when leaders of the two nations will be present next month for multilateral summit and insisted that it is up to India to do so. Earlier last week, he had claimed of handing over the dossier on “RAW activities in Pakistan” to the Indian side either during NSA level talks or at New York, in case the former doesn’t take off.
The octogenarian also claimed that India has not provided Pakistan with any official proof on the underworld don and India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim who is allegedly hiding in Pakistan’s metropolitan city.
Once again pointing out about the derailed NSA-level dialogue, Aziz said, “Every time there is a small incident, you cannot postpone the discussion indefinitely by saying terror still continues, who decides?”
(With inputs from the PTI)