Conscious decision to hold talks with Pak: NSA

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 22:33

New Delhi: India has taken a conscious decision to hold dialogue with Pakistan to improve bilateral relations between the two countries as avoiding talks is not beneficial for either of them.

Delivering the BSF sponsored Rustamji memorial lecture on "India and her neighbours", National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon said New Delhi has chosen to engage Islamabad as it was a necessity for both the countries and talks also ensure that the neighbouring country does not fall into the clutches of fundamentalist forces.

Menon said India should not only engage with Pakistan but also with its other neighbours including Bangladesh.
Noting that the Border Security Force was better aware of the ground realities along both the frontiers, he appreciated the role played by the force in securing Indian borders.

The annual lecture is organised in the memory of the first chief of the BSF-- K F Rustamji.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 22:33

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