NSAs met, Indo-Pak talks are happening, admits MEA

Ajit Doval

He said while India believed that"terror and talks cannot go together but talks on terror can definitely go ahead

Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson for the ministry of external affairs (MEA), confirmed that national security adviser Ajit Doval met Nasser Khan Janjua on December 27.

"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".

In the Buenos Aires plenary in November 2017, FATF had reportedly demanded compliance from Pakistan on the issue of terror funding after India raised the issue of the neighboring country's blatant support to terrorists and terrorist groups.

Kumar was answering queries about media reports on the meeting between Doval and Janjua in Bangkok Dec. 26 - a day after the mother and wife of retired Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav met him in Islamabad and were subjected to humiliation by Pakistani authorities and a section of the press.

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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. The NSA meeting, he said, was an operational mechanism similar to the DGMO-level talks and meetings between the BSF and the Pakistan Rangers. Raveesh made it clear that the meeting date of the NSAs was pre-decided.

Asked if more such meetings between the NSAs were scheduled, Kumar said "these operational-level mechanisms do take place. but we don't announce these meeting".

The Indian Express had also reported that Pakistan has maintained high-level diplomatic contacts with the Indian establishment, even as New Delhi has maintained the rhetoric that terror and talks can not go together.

Modi also visited Pakistan in a surprise stopover on 25 December, 2015, on his way back from Russian Federation and Afghanistan.

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"The dialogue process between India and Pakistan".

In fact, the two NSAs spoke shortly after the Pathankot attack in January 2016. This was the first visit by an Indian prime minister to Pakistan in a decade.

The meeting between the two NSAs took place in Thailand almost three weeks ago.

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