In­dia, Pak­istan For­eign Sec­re­taries Trade Charges

No specifics avail­able on way for­ward be­tween two sides, only ideas ex­changed on fu­ture en­gage­ment

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: In­dia and Pak­istan were en­gaged in some plain speak­ing and tough pos­tur­ing at the for­eign sec­re­tary-level talks here on Thurs­day, with S Jais­hankar com­ing down heav­ily on Islamabad for liv­ing in de­nial mode over the im­pact of ter­ror­ism on bi­lat­eral ties even as Pak­istan harped on Kash­mir, terming it as the core is­sue.

The In­dian for­eign sec­re­tary also rub­bished all charges of In­dia’s al­leged agents in Balochis­tan, say­ing “which spy agency will send agent on the ground with own pass­port and with­out visa”.

Jais­hankar and his Pak­istani coun­ter­part Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry met for nearly 90 min­utes dur­ing which con­tentious is­sues, in­clud­ing probe into the Jan­uary Pathankot ter­ror at­tacks, 26/11 trial and Samjhauta Ex­press blast in­ves­ti­ga­tions fig­ured. This meet­ing be­tween Jais­hankar and Chaudhry, who is here to at­tend the ‘Heart of Asia’ con­fer­ence, was the first for­mal in­ter­ac­tion since their sched­uled talks on Jan­uary 15 in Islamabad were post­poned fol­low­ing the Pathankot strikes. While Chaudhry un­der­scored the need for early com­mence­ment of com­pre­hen­sive di­a­logue for which the In­dian for­eign sec­re­tary’s visit to Pak­istan is due, MEA noted that the two ex­changed ideas on tak­ing the re­la­tion­ship­for­war­danda­greed­tobe in touch. How­ever, no specifics were avail­ableon­the­way­for­ward­be­tween the two sides. Although ideas were ex­changed on fu­ture en­gage­ment, fur­ther de­tails were not avail­able.

In­dia raised the is­sue of “ab­duc­tion” of ex-naval of­fi­cer Kulb­hushan Jad­hav, say­ing he has been taken to Pak­istan, and sought im­me­di­ate con­sular ac­cess. This is the first time In­dia has said Jad­hav was ab­ducted. How­ever, Pak­istan said it has raised the is­sue of “cap­tur­ing” Jad­hav and ex­pressed con­cern over RAW’s al­leged in­volve­ment in sub­ver­sive ac­tiv­i­ties in Balochis­tan and Karachi, a charge which was re­but­ted by In­dia.

AN­OTHER HAND­SHAKE: S Jais­hankar with his Pak­istani coun­ter­part Aizaz Ah­mad Chaudhry in New Delhi on Tues­day

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