Islamabad has said that the meetings between the DGMOs of India and Pakistan and representatives of Pakistan Rangers and BSF will go ahead as agreed in Ufa between the two countries.
"Yes, Rangers and BSF are going ahead...DGMOs will also talk, but it requires mechanism which goes beyond and suggestions have been made to make sure that some reduction in tension takes place," Pakistan's National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz said on Sunday, a day after the proposed NSA-level talks between the two countries collapsed.
"I think Pakistan Rangers-BSF (meeting)...is confirmed for 6th (September). Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) can meet anywhere, they can agree among themselves, whenever they want to meet," Aziz told TV channel CNN-IBN when asked about the dates for the meetings.
Holding India squarely responsible for the cancellation of the NSA talks, Aziz dubbed New Delhi's stand of discussing only terror as a "unilateral decision" and harped that the Ufa objective was to reduce tension for which there was a need to discuss Kashmir.
Aziz said the agreement reached in Ufa between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi was interpreted differently by both the countries.
"We wanted modalities of Kashmir to be discussed. Holding talks on Kashmir will reduce tension. Ufa objective was to reduce tension, so we need to discuss Kashmir, not terror."
Aziz also said Pakistan will not propose talks in New York when leaders of the two countries will be present next month for multilateral summits and insisted that it is up to India to do so.