Nawaz Sharif okays Pakistan agenda for NSA-level talks with India in New Delhi

August 18, 2015 11:16 PM

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NEW DELHI: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif has okayed his country's agenda for next week's National Security Adviser-level talks with India in New Delhi, where Sartaj Aziz will seek discussion on alleged Indian interference in Balochistan, Karachi and tribal areas.

After the agenda was finalised on Monday night between Sharif and his advisers, Pakistani Army chief General Raheel Sharif and directorgeneral of Inter-Services Intelligence, Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar, called on Sharif on Tuesday to discuss Aziz's Delhi trip, Pakistani officials said.

While the Pakistani Army chief traditionally meets the country's PM before any talks with India, Tuesday's meeting is a clear signal that the neighbouring country's most powerful institution wants to have a major say in negotiations with Delhi. The meeting was also attended by finance minister Ishaq Dar, interior minister Chaudhry NA Khan, Aziz and Sharif's special assistant Tariq Fatemi.

India has always termed allegations of interference in Pakistan's internal affairs as baseless. Islamabad is also making attempts to include Kashmir issue and other unresolved matters on the agenda. But India's focus is on terror for the meeting as enunciated in the Ufa joint statement following meetings between Narendra Modi and Sharif last month. India would present details of Pakistan's involvement in Gurdaspur and Udhampur attacks besides seeking action against fugitives and terror operatives like Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim and also call for speedy conclusion of the 26/11 trial.

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