No In­dia-Pak talks planned at UN meet

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - DNA Correspondent correspondent@dnain­

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.

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