"Talks on Terror can go on": Government confirms India, Pak NSAs met

"Talks on Terror can go on": Government confirms India, Pak NSAs met

Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said that the engagement was not contrary to India's stated position that talks with Pakistan could not continue as long as Islamabad supported anti-India terrorist groups. The meeting between Pakistan's NSA retired Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua and Ajit Doval reportedly took place on December 27 in Thailand. We have said talks and terror can not go together. "Hence, the focus of the talks between NSAs of India and Pakistan was cross-border terrorism", Raveesh said while confirming the Rs secret meeting' between the NSAs of India and Pakistan.

The Spokesperson said that the NSA-level metings were part of an "operational-level dialogue" similar to the talks that are held between the DGMOs of both sides and between the border forces of two countries.

The stated position that "talks and terror" can not go together applies to the dialogue process but that does not close the other mechanisms for contact between the two countries, he said.

"I am agreeing that talks took place and our issue was eliminating terrorism from the region".

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. Dates are decided well in advance.

He said the issue of cross-border terrorism was raised in the meeting.

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

Quoting a Pakistani official, Times of India reported that the meeting had come a day after Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav met with his family on 25 December in Islamabad.

During the meeting, Janjua reported raised the issue of targeting of civilians along the Line of Control while Doval spoke of infiltration.

Though China had tried to be a roadblock and to shield Pakistan on the issue, the support of several nations including the U.S. and Russia, India could succeed to convince FATF.