Pak sets conditions ahead of first ever NSA-level talks

RSTV Bureau

Modi-Sharif-2Ahead of the first ever NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan, the latter on Friday said it wants an “unconditional” and “result-oriented dialogue” with India on all issues of mutual concern, including the core issue of Kashmir. The two neighbour nations had charted a commitment to hold talks between their National Security Advisors during the PM-level delegation meet in Ufa, Russia earlier last month. Prime Minister Modi had held a meeting with his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif at the sidelines of SCO summit on July 10.

“Pakistan wants a constructive, sustained, unconditional and result-oriented dialogue with India on all issues of mutual concern including the core issue of Kashmir,” Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said.

Sartaj Aziz was speaking at the 22nd Ministerial Meeting of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Regional Forum in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. The high-profile bureaucrat in Pakistan establishment emphasised that Pakistan was pursuing a policy of good relations with all the neighbouring countries.

Aziz said Pakistan had suffered heavily after 9/11 due to growing menace of extremism and terrorism but the present government has undertaken military operations to combat terrorism of all types. The octogenarian also stressed that Pakistan army was successfully demolishing the terrorist infrastructure across the country.

The first-ever talks between National Security Advisors of the two countries proposed to be held later this month comes in the backdrop of simmering tensions following repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan army at the LoC and International Border and two terror attacks in Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir recently.

One terrorist was caught alive early this week after an ambush on the BSF convoy in Udhampur.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had already apprised the Parliament that terrorists involved in both the attack were Pakistanis, though Pakistan authorities has denied that the attacks were perpetrated by terrorists who had infiltrated from their territory.

In the midst of escalated tension, earlier last month the two countries had exchanged a war of words over a “spy drone” which Pakistan alleged was being used by India for aerial photography near the Line of Control (LoC), a claim out rightly dismissed by the Indian army and Indian Air force.

India has proposed August 23-24 for the meeting between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Sartaj Aziz in New Delhi though the dated have not been finalised yet.

(With inputs from the PTI and agencies)