India may push Pakistan to curb terror funding in Paris FATF plenary

India may push Pakistan to curb terror funding in Paris FATF plenary

Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said that the engagement was not contrary to India's stated position that talks with Pakistan could not continue as long as Islamabad supported anti-India terrorist groups.

Confirming for the first time that NSA Ajit Doval met his Pakistan counterpart Nasir Janjua in Bangkok in December, India said while terror and talks cannot go together, talks on terror can definitely carry on - a formulation that keeps the window for engagement open. The meeting between Pakistan's NSA retired Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua and Ajit Doval reportedly took place on December 27 in Thailand.

Asserting that talks on terror with Pakistan can definitely go ahead, provided it denounces terror, the Ministry of External Affairs today confirmed that an NSA level talks between the two nations took place last month.

The Spokesperson said that the NSA-level metings were part of an "operational-level dialogue" similar to the talks that are held between the DGMOs of both sides and between the border forces of two countries. However, there are other dialogue mechanisms like at the DGMO level, or between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers. We have said talks and terror can not go together.

He said the focus of the "operational-level talks" was "cross-border terror" and ways to ensure elimination of terrorism from the region. Raveesh made it clear that the meeting date of the NSAs was pre-decided.

The news of the meeting, reported by an Indian newspaper and confirmed by a member of Pakistan's National Security Council, had left the Narendra Modi government red-faced as it came in the middle of a war of words over the way Islamabad had treated death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife.

On December 31, a newspaper had reported that the two NSAs met in Thailand on December 26. "Likewise, talks between NSAs is a part of operational level talks". While these are official meetings, sources said there have been several under-the-radar meetings with top officials in the Indian establishment.

He added, "The dialogue process between India and Pakistan..."