New Delhi: The terror attack in Punjab's Gurdaspur district and continuous ceasefire violations across the border will not scuttle peace talks this time as the planned National Security Advisor-level talks will be held on August 23, as planned, to discuss issues related to terrorism.
However, Pakistan is yet to respond to the August 23 and 24 dates proposed by India.
"August 23 and 24 are the dates proposed for the NSA-level talks. Pakistan has not responded so far," official sources said on Wednesday.
Two NSAs -- India's Ajit Doval and Pakistan's Sartaj Aziz – are scheduled to meet in Delhi.
On Wednesday, a Pakistani terrorist was caught alive -- the second man after Ajmal Kasab, who was caught alive during the 2008 terror attack on Mumbai.
A young terrorist, identified as Mohammad Naved, who hails from Gujranwala in Pakistan and was linked to the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), the group which carried out the horrific Mumbai attack, was nabbed in Jammu.
Naved along with a compatriot attacked a Border Security Force convoy on the highway near Samruli, about 10 km from Udhampur town, killing two soldiers. The other terrorist was killed in the firing, but Usman was nabbed alive.
The Udhampur incident is the second one after the July 27 terror attack in Gurdaspur district in Punjab in which three armed terrorists attacked Dinanagar town.
The terrorists, who killed seven people, were holed up in a police station for over 11 hours before they were killed.
After the July 10 talks in Ufa, Russia, between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, both sides agreed to jointly cooperate to eliminate terrorism and that both their NSAs would meet shortly in Delhi to discuss issues connected to terrorism.