Escalating tensions: Fate of Indo-Pak peace talks hangs in the balance

Published: July 21, 2015
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New Delhi has not yet fixed a date for meeting of national security advisers. PHOTO: AFP

New Delhi has not yet fixed a date for meeting of national security advisers. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Rising tension on the borders has thrown the fate of crucial talks between the national security advisers of Pakistan and India in the doldrums with New Delhi reluctant to fix a date for the meeting.

During a recent meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in the Russian city of Ufa, the two leaders had agreed to a meeting of their security advisers in New Delhi to discuss issues related to terrorism.

However, renewed tensions along the Line of Control in Kashmir and the working boundary in Sialkot, as well as the intrusion of an Indian ‘spy’ drone into Pakistani territory, may lead to the postponement of the crucial talks, a senior government official believes.

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Four people have been killed by the firing of Indian border security forces on civilian populations on the Pakistani side in recent days. Five more have been left injured by the unprovoked attacks.

On Monday, a team of United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) visited the villages most affected by Indian shelling. They visited Saleh Pur, Chaprar & Malane in Chaprar Sector in Sialkot and met wounded civilians and witnessed Indian atrocities on the civil population.

According to the understanding reached in Ufa, Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz would travel to New Delhi for talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, who would then make a reciprocal visit to Islamabad.

When contacted Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said: “As of now I have no dates for the meeting.” Another Foreign Office official said Islamabad would raise the issue of Indian involvement in the internal affairs of the country when the advisers meet. Premier Nawaz during the meeting in Russia had conveyed to Modi Pakistan’s concerns over Indian intelligence agencies’ involvement in fomenting violence, he added.

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The official said Islamabad had ‘compelling evidence’ to prove that India’s prime secret agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was whipping up terrorism in Pakistan. He added that the alleged nexus between RAW and the Karachi-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement would also be taken up with India in the talks.

At a news conference last week, Sartaj Aziz confirmed that the premier had frank discussions with Modi about India’s involvement in the internal matters of Pakistan. “Pakistan has been deeply concerned not only about hostile statements from Indian ministers but also about Indian interference in Pakistan, including continuing support for insurgency in Balochistan,” he had said.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 21st, 2015. 

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Haider
    Jul 21, 2015 - 9:08AM

    Pakistan should go to UN if India doesnt listen..Recommend

  • Siraj Ahmed
    Jul 21, 2015 - 9:15AM

    The tension between us can only be solved through talks. India is so powerful that no USA or UN can interfere in our issues,as India does not like it. We need to be patient and solve our problems and convince India to come to tables.Recommend

  • Union Jack
    Jul 21, 2015 - 9:24AM

    @Kamran Yousof :
    “and witnessed Indian atrocities on the civil population.”…..really ? Do you even understand the meaning of “witnessing” ? All they did was came and saw people injured in cross border firing. Does that tell them who started first ? does the bullet have time stamp and date to prove that the bullet from India was fired first to rise this escalation. But of course I am asking question to madrassah educated writer who some how got break to write crap on ET.
    None of your article has ever had a pinch of substance or evidence to back your fantasies. What do you guys get in further mis leading your nations by creating a boogeyman story ? What will it take besides your complete and absolute annihilation to come out of these sense of false pride and entitlement. This is not damaging to India’s global image at all. All it is damaging is my few brain cells which gets irritated even reading the logic and bold lies you print in your article. And surprisingly ET has lowered t’s quality to even verify the article it is printing and allowing some one’s fantsy to be printed as fact.
    Coming back to my cause of rant. REALLY ? UN WITNESSED INDIAN ATTROCITIES ?? Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Jul 21, 2015 - 9:28AM

    Modi may say to NS, “OK show us the compelling evidence you claim to have since 2004”. Or give a Hobson’s choice to NS, for instance, “OK, you stop your terrorism in the name of Kashmir and we stop interference in Balochistan from our side?”

    Kashmir problem thus would be 75% solved in India’s favor; if not each country would continue its game in which India has 10 times more resources compared to Pakistan. This is time to ensure implementation of CPEC project for the poor Pakistanis. A win-win situation for all – Pakistan, India, China and Iran.Recommend

  • Virkaul
    Jul 21, 2015 - 10:43AM

    Why is it that LOC heats up whenever there are steps taken for peace talks? Why is there so much conflict in civil military relations in Pakistan. In a democratic set up, military must report to the civilian govt and abide by policies framed by the latter. Unfortunately, it is the other way round in Pakistan. This lopsided system is responsible for the present relations. What has changed over the last year I’d that response to LOC violations is met with double the response.Recommend

  • JSM
    Jul 21, 2015 - 11:39AM

    @Virkaul:
    Pakistan Army has to avenge 1971.Recommend

  • Sameer
    Jul 21, 2015 - 12:02PM

    Lol….whole year Pak govt and media talking about “Indian involvement” in Pakistan……
    but at the time of meeting they remain clueless and silent on so called indian involvement issue….

    by the way who stopped Pak govt to raise “Indian involvement” issue in recent Ufa talks?Recommend

  • Bharat
    Jul 21, 2015 - 12:05PM

    In this matter, as in others, Pakistan lacks credibilityRecommend

  • Vicky
    Jul 21, 2015 - 12:11PM

    Thing is India has very little to gain from Pakistan…except 5 billion dollars peanut size trade…few kawwali mushaira programs….cricket matches…some Aman ki asha photos….what more India can get?

    this is why India is not interested in developing relationship with Pakistan like it is interested with other nations…..
    India get much more benefits like billion dollars business deals, export deals, power project contracts from Bangladesh, Nepal , China, Myanmar and other countries…
    this is why India give much more importance and concessions to these countriesRecommend

  • Timorlane
    Jul 21, 2015 - 12:19PM

    No no no

    All modi is to do is to call nawaz his man in Pakistan Prime Minister House

    and he would be running in ecstasy to his master humiliating

    Pakistan once again for the business interests of

    his sonRecommend

  • Akbar
    Jul 21, 2015 - 2:36PM

    @Siraj Ahmed: I don’t think u understand what Pakistan is capable of.Recommend

  • Harinder Singh
    Jul 21, 2015 - 3:41PM

    Is this headline serious? Indo-Pak relationship has seen no “peace” in 70 years. Why the panic now? It will be another 100 years and we’ll still be talking about peace. Unless something drastically changes, we’ll be going through this for a long time. Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    Jul 21, 2015 - 3:43PM

    Pakistan had been spoiled by Manmohan Singh’s government. Recommend

  • Rao
    Jul 21, 2015 - 7:54PM

    @Pragmatist:
    You are right. Manmohan Singh was a tired old man without backbone. Now, I am no admirer of Modi at all. But, I would say, Pakistan has to deal with tough street fighter who can put up a fight and refuses to be run over. India needs a foreign policy like that to counter Pak policy’s!Recommend

  • Rashid
    Jul 21, 2015 - 10:19PM

    @ Haider
    We should be careful in what we ask for. We have several skeletons in our cupboard we hide from the UN and the international community. Recommend

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