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Beginning of NSA level talks, Sushma’s visit to Pakistan welcome steps: Former Raw Chief

‘Resumption of dialogue will help to build trust’

Srinagar, Dec 07 (KNS): As the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is likely to meet Nawaz Sharif during her visit to Islamabad tomorrow, ex-Chief of RAW and adviser to former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee on Kashmir,Monday said that though any breakthrough on Kashmir talks can take time, but the beginning of NSA level talks and External Affairs minister’s visit to Pakistan is a welcome step.

“First, NSA level talks between the two countries and now External affairs minister Shushma Swaraj’s visit to Islamabad is a welcome step. It can strengthen the relationship between the two countries,” Dulat told KNS over phone from New Delhi.

He said that though we cannot expect any breakthrough on Kashmir talks at this juncture but we should take such steps in a positive way. “I am sure that the Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi will visit to Islamabad. Both the countries should forget the past and should take bold steps for the better relations,”

He added that the surprise NSA level Indo –Pakistan talks was definitely a follow-up to the key moment when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Nawaz Shrief met less than a week ago. “It can wide open the doors for an India-Pakistan dialogue. I am sure that the resumption of dialogue between the two countries will help to build trust,” he said

According to the Pakistan prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is likely to meet Nawaz Sharif during her visit to Islamabad.

It is pertinent to mention here that the National Security Advisors of the two countries met for four hours in Bangkok on Sunday and discussed terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, and other bilateral issues and agreed to take forward the “constructive” engagement.

Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Monday also welcomed talks between National Security Advisors (NSAs) of India and Pakistan in Bangkok, hoping it will set the tone for reconciliation between the two neighboring countries. (KNS)

 

 

Was India ‘made to talk Kashmir’, asks Omar

Srinagar, Dec 7 (KNS): Former Chief Minister and National Conference’s working president Omar Abdullah Monday asked if India was “made to talk Kashmir” as there was no mention of Kashmir word when the prime ministers of the two countries had met at Ufa earlier this year.

BJP has said: “The follow up of Ufa talks has happened. Pakistan has been made to talk terror, which they refused so far.”

Omar raised questions on to BJP’s statement in which the party had claimed that Pakistan has been made to talk terror.

“If Pakistan was ‘made to talk terror’ was India also ‘made to talk Kashmir’ since Jammu and Kashmir had found no mention in Ufa,” Omar tweeted.

National Security Advisor of India, Ajit Kumar Doval and his Pakistani counterpart, Lt. Gen (Retd.) Nasir Khan Janjua, met in Bangkok, capital of Thailand.

The two NSAs agreed to carry forward the constructive engagement on Jammu and Kashmir and other issues between the two nuclear nations.

Yesterday, Omar had welcomed the talks between the two NSAs, saying that holding the dialogue away from media glare can lead to “quiet progress”.

“Good to see India and Pakistan resume the dialogue process,” Omar wrote on Twitter. (KNS)