Indo-Pak bilateral talks conclude on a positive note

| Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 14:56
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Indo-Pak bilateral talks conclude

The meeting was on sidelines of the ‘Heart of Asia’- Istanbul process

New Delhi: The meeting between the foreign secretaries of India, S Jaishankar, and Pakistan, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, concluded on Tuesday afternoon. The meeting was on sidelines of the ‘Heart of Asia’- Istanbul process. 
The discussions were frank and constructive. Both the sides raised issues concerning their respective nations.
The Indian Foreign Secretary emphasised on the need for an early and visible progress on the Pathankot terrorist attack investigation as well as the Mumbai case trial in Pakistan. Jaishankar also brought up the issue of JeM leader Masood Azhar in the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar clearly conveyed that Pakistan cannot be in denial on the impact of terrorism on the bilateral relationship and that terrorist groups based in Pakistan targeting India must not be allowed to operate with impunity.
Jaishankar also pressed for immediate consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Naval officer abducted and taken to Pakistan. Further discussions also covered humanitarian issues including those pertaining to fishermen and prisoners, and people to people contacts including religious tourism.

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