NSA level talks on, despite provocations

India to hand over to Pakistan list of 60 fugitives.

New Delhi : In an apparent change of its Pakistan strategy, India would not be calling off the NSA level talks to be held here on August 23rd and 24th. This seen as a part of the Modi sarkar’s approach to deny Pakistan whatever it wants to achieve by resorting to provocations right from the day the prime ministers of the two hostile neighbours had agreed to resume their stalled dialogue.

“Their moves are designed to provoke us but we shall not oblige by abrogating talks. Pakistan is not serious, but we need to raise terrorism with them who else do we talk to “, authoritative sources in the government maintained.

According to Government sources, India will hand over to Pakistan a list of 60 fugitives who have taken shelter in that country besides dismissing comparison between Samjhauta Express blast and Mumbai terror attack citing the role of state actors in the latter incident. The Indian side will also confront Pakistan with evidence that the three terrorists who carried out attacks in Gurdaspur and the two terrorists who struck

in Udhampur, one of whom was caught alive, had sneaked in from across the border for the attacks.

Deportation of Dawood Ibrahim and speedy trial in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case are some of the key issues to be raised by National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval with his counterpart Sartaj Aziz during the talks next week, the sources said.

The provocations have been manifold in the form of intense cross border shelling, increased violent activity from Pakistan based terrorists, and the latest being the Pakistani invite to the leaders of the Hurriyat factions representing the Kashmiri separatists to meet the NSA Sartaj Aziz when he is in Delhi. In the past any one of these activities would have been enough to call off the proposed talks, but the Indian side this time is determined to go ahead with this engagement.

The latest provocation however has the virtue of exposing the myth that there is a divide between the civilian and military wings of the Pakistani establishment. This time as always both sides are acting in tandem, the violence being the handiwork of the military establishment and Hurriyat invite coming from the civilian side.

The Hurriyat invite is indeed the gravest of all these provocations as in the past India had called off talks after Pakistan consulted Kashmiri separatists before a meeting of Foreign Secretaries.

However preparations are afoot for the NSA level meeting, and Pakistan has shared agenda documents have been shared with India. Interestingly they too have Indian unprovoked firing at LOC and working boundary that they claim has resulted into number of civilians killing in Pakistani side on the top of their agenda.

On the Indian side, NSA Ajit Doval held a meeting with union home minister Rajnath Singh ahead of these talks after the invite to Hurriyat became public. For the Kashmiri separatists meetings with the Pakistani leaders are seen as a ticket to their legitimacy. In this atmosphere, the talks have already attracted a lot of criticism from both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress. Senior BJP leader and former external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha has dubbed the proposed talks as a dialogue of the deaf whereas the Congress spokesperson and former union minister Anand Sharma has accused the Modi Sarkar of having no roadmap for dealing with Pakistan.

Pak raises Kashmir issue at UN ; seeks OIC intervention

United Nations: Upping the ante on another front before the NSA-level talks, Pakistan has once again raised the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council, seeking mediation from the world body and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to resolve the issue. Speaking during an open debate on the subject of regional organisations and contemporary global security challenges, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said the 57-member OIC can also contribute to the promotion of global peace and prosperity.

“Collectively, and in cooperation with the UN, it has the capabilities to address and overcome these challenges including Palestine and other Middle East conflicts as well as the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” she told the 15-member Council. “The UN should actively promote cooperation with the OIC in areas such as: mediation and conciliation of disputes; peacekeeping and peace building; humanitarian assistance, especially to refugees and displaced people; and in addressing the root causes of conflicts and extremism,” she added.

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