Let’s not be frozen in the past, says Pak­istan NSA

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Harinder Baweja harinder.baweja@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Bat­ting for a di­a­logue and for­ward move­ment in the In­dia-Pak­istan en­gage­ment process, Pak­istan’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Lt Gen Naseer Khan Jan­jua has termed the re­cent meet­ing with his In­dian coun­ter­part Ajit Do­val a “good be­gin­ning’’.

In his first in­ter­view since the se­cret meet­ing be­tween the NSAs in Bangkok on De­cem­ber 6, Jan­jua told HT over the phone from Is­lam­abad that it was im­por­tant to “not be frozen in the past’’.

“Let’s think of the fu­ture. Let us do it our­selves. Let us not leave it to our chil­dren,’’ Jan­jua said of the process that has been mostly stalled since the 26/11 Mum­bai at­tacks.

Asked specif­i­cally if his ap­point­ment as NSA sig­nalled that the Pak­istani army was on board the peace process be­tween the two neigh­bours, Jan­jua said, “Let us not be dogged about our dis­putes. We understand that we have to move for­ward.”

Jan­jua re­placed civil­ian leader Sar­taj Aziz as na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser in a move seen as the allpow­er­ful Pak­istani army stamp­ing its author­ity on is­sues re­lated to se­cu­rity and In­dia in par­tic­u­lar. An­a­lysts in Pak­istan have likened Jan­jua’s ap­point­ment as a suit­able match for Do­val, for­mer di­rec­tor of the In­tel­li­gence Bureau.

CON­TIN­UED ON P11

RE­LATED RE­PORT, P10

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