India, Pakistan's dossiers for NSA-level talks ready, terror tops agenda
Both India and Pakistan have reportedly prepared dossiers for NSA-level talks scheduled to be held on August 23 during which terror is likely to be the top agenda.
New Delhi: Both India and Pakistan have reportedly prepared dossiers for NSA-level talks scheduled to be held on August 23 during which terror is likely to be the top agenda.
According to a report published in the Hindustan Times, underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, speedy trial of 26/11 Mumbai carnage, the recent terror attacks in Punjab and Udhampur and the subsequent capture of a Pakistani terrorist Md Naved Yakub alias Usman are some of the key issues, which will dominate talks between Indian NSA Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz.
NSA Doval had also reportedly asked the intelligence agencies to prepare a watertight case on Pakistan’s role in the recent terror attacks in Punjab's Gurdaspur and Udhampur in J&K.
“We have been asked to prepare a comprehensive dossier that Pakistan cannot deny,” an official involved with the preparations for the NSA-level meet, was quoted as saying in the report.
Doval and Aziz are scheduled to meet in New Delhi following last month’s agreement in Ufa, Russia between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif to resume dialogue and discuss all issues connected to terrorism.
On Thursday, Doval held a meeting with Home Secretary LC Goyal, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar and top security officials where they discussed the issues that are to be raised before his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz, official sources said.
India is expected to give evidence that the three terrorists who carried out the attack in Gurdaspur last month came from Pakistan and Mohammed Naved Yakub, arrested in Udhampur in Jammu recently after an ambush on a BSF convoy, was a Pakistani national.
Doval is also likely to press for handing over of Dawood Ibrahim, a key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, expeditious and comprehensive trial of 26/11 case to ensure that LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and outfit's operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi could be punished, as per the report.
The regular, unprovoked firing from across the border targeting BSF posts and civilian population in Jammu and Kashmir is also expected to figure in the talks.
However, Aziz, who is also Pakistan Premier's adviser on foreign affairs and security, will come prepared with documents describing “India’s role in fomenting terror in Balochistan and Karachi’’.
India believes it has a strong case and Doval is likely to flag concerns over Pakistan continuing to allow its soil to be used to export terror.
GPS data recovered from the devices used by the terrorists in Gurdaspur, link them to Pakistan. Similarly, Naved’s testimony is incriminating proof that points in Pakistan’s direction.
Apart from other issues, the Pakistan NSA is also likely to raise the issue of bail to Aseemanand, an accused in the Samjhauta Express blast case.
The main challenge, however, for Doval and Aziz will be to keep the dialogue process going in the face of all the finger-pointing expected from both sides.