India, Pakistan held secret NSA-level talks in Thailand
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 12-Jan-2018

New Delhi, January 12: India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval held an undeclared meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Lt Gen (r) Nasser Khan Janjua on December 26. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the issue of cross-border terrorism was raised in the meeting.

MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had agreed that there were talks between India and Pakistan in Bangkok on December 26 and the talks were about eliminating terrorism from the region. He emphasized that India had raised the problem of cross-border terrorism and that the focus was on the same. 

"India and Pakistan have a dialogue process and we have said terror and talks cannot go togther. Besides that, there are several other dialogue mechanisms between India and Pakistan. Talks take place at the DGMO level. There have been meetings between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers as part of a regular mechanism.”

"Similarly, the NSA-level engagement is part of the operational-level talks. We have said that terror and talks cannot go together, but talks on terror can definitely go ahead," Kumar said.

Kumar also stated that these operational-level mechanisms do take place. "but we don't announce these meetings."

The meeting came after Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav met with his family on December 25 in Islamabad. While Pakistan termed its decision to allow Jadhav's family to travel to Pakistan to meet him as a humanitarian gesture, India has accused it of violating mutual understandings, asserting that the Indian national appeared coerced and under considerable stress during the tightly- controlled interaction.