Delivering two irritants for India, Pakistan has done away with basic protocol and released a statement even before the meeting was over.
Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan met in Delhi on 26 April as a gesture that both sides are doing their best to launch the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue (CBD).
Indian Foreign secretary S Jaishankar told Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry on 26 April that the country can’t forever be in denial mode about presence of terrorist groups in Pakistan.
He also said Pakistan cannot wave away the impact of terrorism on relations between the two countries. “Pak-based terrorist groups must not be allowed to operate freely,” said Jaishankar.
Chaudhry is visiting Delhi for talks with India and to attend the Heart of Asia-Istanbul conference.
The meeting comes after the Indian media hype on High Commissioner of Pakistan Abdul Basit’s comments and Pakistan’ plea that door for the talks was open between the duo.
Indian foreign secretary S Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart had stopped communication through diplomatic channels after the Pathankot attack.
Meanwhile, today’s meeting between Jaishankar and Chaudhry is the first diplomatic conversation between India and Pakistan after the Pathankot attack.
India has made it clear it expects action from Pakistan in punishing top leaders of the Jaish-e-Mohammed whose chief Masood Azhar masterminded the Pathankot attack.
Last month, Union foreign minister Sushma Swaraj met her counterpart Sartaj Aziz at a summit in Nepal and highlighted that any talks between the two countries will have to include a response from Islamabad on how it plans to act against the accused for Pathankot attack.
Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “There should be some coherence in policy as well as direction, while Shiv Sena said that the talks were going to be futile.