The meeting of the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan held on Sunday is likely to create an uproar in Parliament on Monday. Congress has termed the secret meeting held in Bangkok as a “grand betrayal” of the Modi government and reflection of “flip-flops” over its Pakistan policy.
In a sudden breakthrough in the stalled Indo-Pak dialogue, the National Security Advisors of the two countries met for four hours in Bangkok today and discussed terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, and other bilateral issues and agreed to take forward the “constructive” engagement.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Janjua, their foreign secretaries S Jaishankar and Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry held their marathon meeting in the Thai capital, barely six days after their Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif held a brief meeting in Paris obviously with a view to revive the stalled dialogue process.
Congress leader Manish Tewari said if the talks were so essential, government should have explained the rationale behind it and held it either in New Delhi or Islamabad.
On its part, BJP supported the NSA talks saying that it was in the spirit of Ufa statement by Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif.
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