Pakistan, India NSAs met in Bangkok on Dec 26: Indian media

India Pak NSAs met in Bangkok a day after Christmas

NSA Ajit Doval met with his counterpart Nasir Khan Januja at Bangkok which is a neutral venue.

The report, quoting sources, stated that the date and venue of the meeting were pre-planned.

According to details, the scheduled meeting continued for more than two hours.

Official Indian sources refused to comment on the subject. As Pakistan's NSA is a retired Lt General, Rawalpindi-based General Headquarters (GHQ) of the Pakistan Army was also kept informed of Tuesday's meeting between the two NSAs.

The other major issues concerning India, including 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed's release from house arrest and his inclination to enter Paksitan politics via his party Milli Muslim League, and Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi roaming free on bail, were reportedly discussed. However, the PML-N government denies any meeting between the NSA and the ousted PM. He had apparently also said one mistake could lead to catastrophe. "War is no solution to any problem", he said.

Questioning holding of National Investigation Agency (NIA) level talks between India and Pakistan in Bangkok, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah let they meet out in the open for all to see.

Januja had recently said at an event that the stability of the South Asian region hangs in a delicate balance and the possibility of a nuclear war can not be ruled out.

The meeting is part of the agreement between the two NSAs to meet and sort out bi-lateral issues between the two countries.

This is not the first time that the two NSAs have met in Bangkok.

A meeting in a third country is preferable for both India and Pakistan as the top officials can avoid the limelight. 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.



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