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Bharatiya Janata Party leader Siddarthnath Singh said on Saturday that it was Pakistan’s responsibility to come for the talks between the two National Security Advisors, which have been scheduled for Monday.
Talking to news agency, Singh said, It is in the interest of Pakistan to walk the talk. They should come in for the NSA talks. It is Pakistan’s responsibility that they should follow what they have signed in Ufa, Russia, and, I hope, they will attend the NSA talks.
Singh comments came a day after The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) sent across a strong message to Pakistan, insisting that there are only two stakeholders in the talks between India and Pakistan and added that New Delhi is committed to discuss all issues bedeviling the relationship peacefully and bilaterally.
MEA spokesperson Vikas Swaroop told media on the sidelines of a Pacific Asia summit in Jaipur, Rajasthan, “There has been a pattern to Pakistan’s approach after the UFA summit\ and today’s position is a culmination of that approach.”
“Pakistan took 22 days to respond to Indian proposal to meet in New Delhi. It then proposed an agenda that was in variance completely with what the two Prime Ministers had agreed upon in UFA. Together, these two actions indicated its reluctance to go forward with sincerity on the agreed process,” he further said.
Swaroop said that the Pakistani High Commissioner invited Hurriyat leaders to consult with the visiting NSA even before confirming either the program or the agenda.
“India has always held the position that there are only two stakeholders in our relationship, not three,” he said.
“India remains committed to discussing issues with Pakistan peacefully and bilaterally. Unilateral impositions of new conditions and distortions of the agreed agenda cannot be the basis for going forward,” he added.
Earlier, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it would be impossible for the country to accept the advice of the Government on India that Sartaj Aziz, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security, may not meet the Hurriyat leaders.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is scheduled to meet his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz for the talks in the national capital on Sunday.
Commenting on the Congress Party’s demand that the NDA regime come clear on its foreign policy, Siddarth Singh told ANI, The Congress Party should stop talking like Pakistan. Pakistan should cooperate and joing the fight against terror and terrorists.
The Congress should also cooperate with the Modi Government in the fight against terror, he stated further.