HT Poll | Can India, Pak go forward after collapse of NSA talks?

  • Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2015 13:32 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, meet in Russia's Ufa. (ANI Photo)

The scheduled talks between the National Security Advisers (NSAs) of India and Pakistan collapsed on Saturday evening with neither side formally calling off the talks but blaming the other for the collapse.

While New Delhi insisted that the meeting must focus only on terrorism, Islamabad backed off, saying parleys with conditions would serve no purpose.

The final break was over two issues — the agenda of the talks to be held on Monday and the proposed meeting of Pakistan’s NSA Sartaj Aziz with the Hurriyat leadership — and it also marked the collapse of the framework agreed by the two prime ministers when they met in the Russian city of Ufa only last month.

But this is not the first time a crucial meeting between the two sides has collapsed amidst acrimony, nor will it be the last.

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