Warhel :: India to go ahead with NSA-level talks on August 23-24

India to go ahead with NSA-level talks on August 23-24

Updated on: 07-Aug-2015 Views: 82 Views
The recent terror attack in Gurdaspur in Punjab and Wednesday incident in Udhampur in J&K had triggered speculation that India may call off the upcoming parleys.

The terror strikes in Udhampur and Gurdaspur have not deterred India from going ahead with the scheduled dialogue with Pakistan. The NSA level talks proposed to be held in New Delhi on August 23-24 will not be affected despite the recent terror attacks originating from Pakistan. India to go ahead with NSA-level talks on August 23-24




The recent terror attack in Gurdaspur in Punjab and incident in Udhampur in J&K had triggered speculation that India may call off the upcoming parleys. Being the host country, India had proposed the dates for the talks between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Pakistani Prime Minister Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz later this month.



Last month Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, in a meeting on the sidelines of the SCO summit in the Russian city of Ufa, had decided to break the deadlock and agreed upon a meeting between their NSAs besides some other steps.



But even as India awaited a response from Islamabad, militants attacked a BSF convoy on Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Udhampur killing two men of the border guarding force and injuring 11 personnel on Wednesday. A terrorist, who had escaped from the encounter site and taken three people hostage in a school building in a nearby hamlet, was also arrested later.



Regarding initiating talks with Pakistan, there seems to be a clear deviation in the government's strategy. Soon after taking charge, the NDA government had called off the foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan since they were engaging with Kashmiri separatist leaders.



Sources said the developments after the Ufa meet clearly indicate that there are powers in Pakistan wanting to derail the peace initiative. Soon after the decision to revive the stalled dialogue was taken, Pakistan went back on its commitment of providing voice samples of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the 26\11 Mumbai attack mastermind who is now on bail in Pakistan.




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