Pakistan on Friday appeared set to ignore India's advice that Pakistani NSA Sartaj Aziz should not meet separatist Hurriyat leaders before talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, putting the meeting of the NSAs scheduled for Monday in danger of being called off.
Pakistan responded to India's advisory by saying Aziz’s meeting with the Hurriyat would go ahead. The hardening of positions could jeopardise efforts to put the stalled bilateral peace process on an even keel.
Aziz's meeting with the Hurriyat is still on, Pakistani government sources were quoted as saying by PTI. The sources further said Pakistan will “not take dictation” from India and talks cannot be based on “conditional diplomacy”.External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup spelt out India’s position in a series of tweets on Friday morning. He also said India has sought confirmation of the proposed agenda for the meeting of the NSAs, which India has insisted should be confined to "terrorism-related issues".