No India-Pak talks planned at UN meet
New Delhi: India and Pakistan have not yet finalised any bilateral ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the forthcoming sessions of the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) scheduled next month. While External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be in New York, coinciding with the visit of her Pakistani counterpart Mehmood Qureshi, there are no plans of their meeting till now, sources here said. “A bilateral meeting in not on the table” they said, denying reports of a possible Swaraj- Qureshi meeting in New York. The 73rd United Nations General Assembly opens on September 18 in New York.
They said that India was standing by its stand that to start any meaningful dialogue process, Pakistan must take concrete action against terror. “India is awaiting action from Pakistan on the recent terror attacks on Pathankot airbase and Army camp in Uri in 2016. Besides, India is also awaiting justice on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. India had asked Pakistan to fast track the trial in the case that is dragging on for the last ten years,” they said.
In a letter to New Prime Minister Imran Khan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed India’s resolve to build good neighbourly relations between the two countries. In July, Modi had telephoned Khan and congratulated him on his party’s victory in the general elections and expressed hope that both countries will work to open a new chapter in bilateral ties.