Talks On Terror Can Go On, Not Terror And Talks

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Asked whether Doval raised the issue of Jadhav's meeting with his family, the MEA spokesperson said the focus was on containing cross-border terrorism.

"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.

India for the first time confirmed January 11 that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held talks with his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Khan Janjua in Bangkok last month with a focus on how to fight terror and end cross-border terrorism.

India's national security adviser Ajit Doval (right) with his Pakistani counterpart Nasser Khan Janjua. "We have said terror and talks cannot go together but talks on terror can definitely go ahead", he added. Similarly, the NSA-level engagement is part of operational-level talks. However, there are other dialogue mechanisms like at the DGMO level, or between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers. "Our issue was eliminating terrorism from the region". Raveesh made it clear that the meeting date of the NSAs was pre-decided.

He said India has been maintaining that terror and talks cannot go together, but talks on terror can definitely go ahead.

The meeting took place in Bangkok on December 26, a day after ex-Indian Navy official Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is languishing in Pak custody, met his mother and wife in Islamabad. Following this, the FATF will discuss Islamabad's attempts to counter terrorist financing, said the ET report.

The composite dialogue process has been stalled since August 2014 when India called off foreign secretary-level talks.

On whether the NSAs will meet again, Kumar said the information will be shared as and when such operational meetings take place. This is the second time in two years the two NSA met in Bangkok, the last time being in December 2015.

Modi also visited Pakistan in a surprise stopover on 25 December, 2015, on his way back from Russian Federation and Afghanistan.

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