Talks on terror can go with Pak

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"I think we raised the issue of cross-border terrorism (with Pakistan) in those talks", External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

He said, "We have said terror &talks cannot go together but talks on terror can definitely go ahead". MEA also confirmed an earlier report of a "secret meeting" between the NSAs of the two countries.

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. Despite its position that there can not be any substantive dialogue with Pakistan until Islamabad acts against India-specific terror groups, the government has continued to maintain contact through its mission in Islamabad and also the Pakistan mission here.

The Government feels that though terror and talks (Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue) can not go together, it will not mind discussing issues pertaining to terrorism through various mechanisms. "Some of these meetings are pre-determined".

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The Indian Express had also reported that Pakistan has maintained high-level diplomatic contacts with the Indian establishment, even as New Delhi has maintained the rhetoric that terror and talks can not go together.

Mr Doval and Mr Janjua met in Bangkok on December 26, said media reports, a day after the mother and wife of retired Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav met him in Islamabad and were subjected to humiliation by Pakistani authorities and a section of the local press. While these are official meetings, sources said there have been several under-the-radar meetings with top officials in the Indian establishment.

Kumar also stated that these operational-level mechanisms do take place.

During the meeting, Janjua reported raised the issue of targeting of civilians along the Line of Control while Doval spoke of infiltration. This is the second time in two years the two NSA met in Bangkok, the last time being in December 2015. That was followed, within days, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise stopover in Lahore, to wish Sharif on his birthday on December 25.

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