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India tells Pakistan not to be in denial mode on terrorism


Article133.png"" alt=""Article133"" />India on Tuesday clearly told Pakistan not to be in denial mode on the impact of terrorism on the bilateral relationship, conveying that terrorist groups based in Pakistan and targeting India must not be allowed to operate with impunity. Indian Foreign Secretary Dr. S. Jaishankar met his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry and emphasized the need for early and visible progress on the Pathankot terrorist attack investigation as well as the Mumbai case trial in Pakistan. He also brought up the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar in the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee. India also pressed for immediate consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Naval officer abducted and taken to Pakistan. Islamabad has alleged that the Indian national was a spy and charged him with encouraging insurgency in Balochistan, a charge vehemently denied by New Delhi.

The two Foreign Secretaries met on the sidelines of Afghanistan-centric ""Heart of Asia"" senior officials meeting here. ""Their discussions were frank and constructive. Both sides raised issues of concern to them,"" the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. It said that the two Foreign Secretaries exchanged ideas on taking the relationship forward and agreed to remain in touch.

It is for the first time since January 2 Pathankot terror attack that the two Foreign Secretaries have met. Their formally scheduled talks had been put off after the Pathankot attack but they had remained in touch and had agreed to meet at a mutually convenient date. In its statement, Pakistan expressed serious concern over Indian agency RA&W's alleged involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi, something which India has been denying time and again.

On its part, the Pakistani statement said its Foreign Secretary raised the issue of Kashmir stressing that it remained the ""core issue that requires a just solution in accordance with UNSC resolutions and wishes of Kashmiri people."" Strangely, in a departure from normal protocol, the Pakistani side released the talking points even as the two top officials were still in the midst of their discussion."

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