Pak called-off NSA talks as it was not 'palatable' to their military establishment: RK Singh

Former Home Secretary and BJP MP RK Singh on Sunday said that Islamabad called-off NSA-level talks as it was not palatable to the military establishment in Pakistan.

ANI| Updated: Aug 23, 2015, 22:12 PM IST

New Delhi: Former Home Secretary and BJP MP RK Singh on Sunday said that Islamabad called-off NSA-level talks as it was not palatable to the military establishment in Pakistan.

"Agreement which was arrived at in Ufa, was not palatable to hardliner military establishment in Pakistan...I was very happy with the clear and forthright stand which Government of India took, that's how we need to conduct our relations with Pakistan," Singh told ANI.

In a late night decision on Saturday, Pakistan called off the NSA-level talks proposed for Sunday and Monday after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asked Islamabad to give a commitment that it would not go ahead with meeting separatists at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

Pakistan said that it could not go ahead with the talks based on preconditions set by India.

India maintained that the joint statement inked in Ufa had very clearly stated that the NSA talks would be focused on the issue of terror and violence, and ways to end it. It also said that the Ufa statement had also agreed to a meeting between the border chiefs and the director generals of military operations of the two countries on the issue of cease-fire violations and infiltration of militants.

India also insisted that Pakistan must understand the difference between a composite dialogue and a bilateral discussion.