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

MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar

MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar

"India and Pakistan had a dialogue process".

Asked if the way the two women were treated came up at the NSA talks, he said: "The focus was on terror and cross-border terrorism".

While Pakistan termed its decision to allow Jadhav's family to travel to Islamabad to meet him in December as a humanitarian gesture, India said the neighbour violating mutual understandings, asserting that the Indian national appeared coerced and under considerable stress during the tightly - controlled interaction.

"We raised the issue of cross-border terrorism in those talks because our main issue is how to ensure the safety of our region from the scourge of cross-border terrorism". However, the two countries hold regular meetings and talks between the Director Generals of Military Operations, Director Generals of Border Security Force-Pakistan Rangers, Indus Water Commissioners and the NSAs.

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Clearing the air on the NSA talks, Raveesh said the NSA talks were part of the various mechanisms established between India and Pakistan to talk about specific issues.

"We have said terror and talks can't go together but talks on terror can definitely go ahead", he opined. "Doval's tone and tenor was friendly and positive", the report quoted a Pakistani official who had been briefed about the meeting. This understanding was reiterated during the Modi-Sharif meeting in Lahore on December 25, 2015.

During the meeting, Janjua reported raised the issue of targeting of civilians along the Line of Control while Doval spoke of infiltration.

Another problem addressed was the recent release in Pakistan of Hafiz Saeed, mastermind of the terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008, causing over 160 deaths. The meeting took place days after the visit to Pakistan by the kin of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

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