NSA DI­A­LOGUE TO RUN PAR­AL­LEL TO PM TALKS; FO­CUS ON TRIAL

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Shishir Gupta shishir.gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: With prime min­is­ters Naren­dra Modi and Nawaz Sharif de­cid­ing in Paris last month to take the Indo-Pak di­a­logue process for­ward, talks be­tween the na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vis­ers (NSA) will now run par­al­lel to the com­pre­hen­sive bi­lat­eral di­a­logue be­tween the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

The two mech­a­nisms will also be linked to the progress made by Is­lam­abad on its com­mit­ment to co­op­er­ate in the fight against ter­ror­ism and ex­pe­dite the 26/11 Mum­bai at­tacks trial, of­fi­cial sources told HT. The twin-track process may come up for bi­lat­eral re­view by the two PMs on the side­lines of the SAARC re­gional sum­mit in Is­lam­abad next year.

Af­ter a green sig­nal from the prime min­is­ters, a suc­cess­ful meet­ing in Bangkok be­tween NSA Ajit Do­val and his Pak­istani coun­ter­part, Lt Gen Nasir Khan Jan­jua, pre­pared the ground for talks be­tween the for­eign min­is­ters and the re­vival of the com­pre­hen­sive di­a­logue in a sign of thaw­ing ties.

Sources said first Do­val and then ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj made it am­ply clear that Is­lam­abad would have to move fast to con­clude the 26/11 trial as pub­lic per­cep­tion in In­dia about the neigh­bour­ing na­tion was coloured by the Mum­bai at­tacks, which bore the im­prints of both Pak­istan’s state ma­chin­ery and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group.

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