Talks On Terror Can Go On, Not Terror And Talks

India gets tough says talks and terror don't go together

India gets tough says talks and terror don't go together

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the NSA-level engagement is part of "operationallevel talks" and that while India maintains terror and talks cannot go together, talks on terror can definitely go ahead.

The Government feels that though terror and talks (Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue) can not go together, it will not mind discussing issues pertaining to terrorism through various mechanisms.

India on Thursday broke its radio silence on last month's NSA-level talks with Pakistan in Thailand but said this use of an "operational mechanism" for contact didn't in any way dilute New Delhi's stated position that "talks and terror" can't go together.

"Their (Russia's and America's) support has ensured that (the) FATF, at its plenary meeting on November 2, 2017, called upon Pakistan to report on the action being taken to curb terror financing, especially in respect of the proscribed entities and individuals", the ministry of external affairs (MEA) wrote to a parliamentary panel recently.

The MEA said the talks were part of "operational-level talks".

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On December 31 the newspaper The Indian Express revealed the meeting between Doval and Janjua.

Several media reports had stated that the two NSAs met in Bangkok on December 26, a day after the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav met him in Islamabad and were subjected to humiliation by Pakistani authorities and a section of the local press. Raveesh made it clear that the meeting date of the NSAs was pre-decided.

The stated position that "talks and terror" can not go together applies to the dialogue process but that does not close the other mechanisms for contact between the two countries, he said.

In addition, the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries have talked as and when need arise, though the formal FS-level talks, which were precursor to the CBD, too have been put on abeyance. CBD was launched by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during her visit to Islamabad on 9 December 2015.

Nevertheless, the talks indicate that New Delhi - while realising the reality of the Pakistan Army and ISI actively sponsoring terror in India - are also in favour of continuing some sort of engagement quietly with Pakistan.

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