Pakistan, India NSAs secretly met in third country: claims Indian media


New Delhi, Dec 31: The National Security Advisors (NSAs) of Pakistan and India had met in Bangkok a day after the mother and wife of the self-confessed Indian spy, Kulbhushan Jadhav met him in Islamabad, the Indian media reported on Sunday.

The venue and date of the meeting between Lt General (retd) Nasir Khan Janjua and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval were, however, not linked to issues relating Jadhav’s meeting with his wife and mother, The Indian Express reported.

It had been decided between the two sides earlier this month, and it was a “pre-scheduled meeting,” the Indian daily quoted sourcing as telling it, adding that official Indian sources refused to comment on the subject.

Two days later, Janjua held a five-hour-long meeting with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at the latter’s Jati Umra residence in Raiwind.

Matters of national security and relations with neighbouring countries including India were reportedly discussed in Thursday’s meeting.

Meetings in third countries afford the two officials some space, away from the limelight, which the continual gaze of media on both sides of the border entails. It also gets around the tricky issue of the Pakistan NSA meeting leaders of Kashmir’s Hurriyat Conference, something which had led to cancellation of his visit to New Delhi in August, 2015.

In Tuesday’s meeting in Bangkok, Janjua also raised the issue of unrest in Indian-occupied Kashmir, besides targeting of civilians in Pakistani villages along the Line of Control (LoC).