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Congress slams NDA for hush-hush India Pak NSA talks in Bangkok

07 Dec 2015

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New Delhi, Dec 7 : The opposition Congress on Monday attacked the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) inside Parliament for a National Security Advisors level talks between India and Pakistan in Bangkok on Sunday, allegedly in a hush hush manner.
Congress demanded a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on talks on Sunday holding that why it was held in Bangkok and not in India or Pakistan if it was meant to improve relations.
 
"Parliament should have been informed and still should be informed regarding the whole matter," Congress MP Anand Sharma said.
 
Outside Parliament, Congress senior leader Digvijaya Singh said if the government is keen to improve India and Pakistan relations then it should hold talks in India or Pakistan and not in Bangkok, adding that such a move of peace talks is wholeheartedly supported by Congress. 
 
Reports said discussions between the two sides in Bangkok covered peace and security, terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, and other issues, including tranquility along the LoC.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Janjua held talks, days after Indian PM Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif met in French capital Paris.

"Pursuant to the meetings of the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan in Paris, the National Security Advisers, accompanied by the Foreign Secretaries, met in Bangkok today. Discussions were held in a candid, cordial and constructive atmosphere.They were guided by the vision of the two leaders for a peaceful stable and prosperous South Asia," the MEA said in a statement on Sunday's meeting.

"It was agreed to carry forward the constructive engagement," read the statement.



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