'Talks on terror can definitely go ahead'

'Talks on terror can definitely go ahead'

The Government feels that though terror and talks (Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue) can not go together, it will not mind discussing issues pertaining to terrorism through various mechanisms.

"Yes, I agree talks took place".

While Pakistan termed its decision to allow Jadhav's family to travel to Islamabad to meet him in December as a humanitarian gesture, India said the neighbour violated mutual understandings, asserting that the Indian national appeared coerced and under considerable stress during the tightly controlled interaction. However, there are other dialogue mechanisms like at the DGMO level or between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers. The Government on Thursday said "though terror and talks cannot go together, talks on terror can definitely go on". Despite its position that there can not be any substantive dialogue with Pakistan until Islamabad acts against India-specific terror groups, the government has continued to maintain contact through its mission in Islamabad and also the Pakistan mission here.

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

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The Indian Express had first reported the meeting between the two NSAs, held at a "neutral venue" in Bangkok on December 26. "We have said terror and talks cannot go together, but talks on terror can definitely go ahead". "Some of these meetings are pre-determined". This is the second time in two years the two NSA met in Bangkok, the last time being in December 2015.

Asked if the way the two women were treated came up at the NSA talks, he said: "The focus was on terror and cross-border terrorism".

In addition, the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries have talked as and when need arise, though the formal FS-level talks, which were precursor to the CBD, too have been put on abeyance. "The meeting was good". Dawn online had quoted a senior National Security Division official as saying that the objective of the meeting was to avoid serious missteps over the visit of Kulbhushan Jadhav's family to Pakistan.

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