MV Suez row won’t hit Indo-Pak talks: Govt

first_imgThe government on Sunday downplayed the row between the Indian and Pakistan navies and ruled out any adverse fallout of the incident on the Indo-Pak foreign secretary talks scheduled in Islamabad on June 23-24.Over the past two days, Islamabad and New Delhi have exchanged charges on reported “dangerous manoeuvres” carried out by each other’s warships in the Gulf of Aden.It all started with Pakistani official protesting against aggression by INS Godavari towards PNS Babur, when the latter was escorting the freed vessel MV Suez to Oman.It has been learnt that Indian ships had earlier run into trouble with PNS Babur in January and November last year as well.However, senior officials in New Delhi sought to downplay the issue and ruled out any impact on the talks later this week, which India is approaching with “an open and constructive mind”.The talks are likely to result in the announcement of key confi-dence building measures (CBMs) in areas of nuclear security, trade and cross LoC connectivity.The government does not want to up the ante ahead of the bilateral talks after it decided last February to virtually resume the ‘composite dialogue’ process that was suspended as a mark of protest after the 26/11 attack.Firing from across the LoC and increase in infiltration attempts into J&K have been a common phenomenon ahead of high level talks between the two countries.Sources said foreign secretary Nirupama Rao will be going to Islamabad with “realistic expectations” and that the two sides would try to build upon theprogress achieved in the past on various issues.advertisementIt was also pointed out that cross-border terror aimed at India would be a key component of the dialogue.”Our concerns have not, in any way, diminished by the resumption of the dialogue…How can we not take up our concerns of terrorism? It is central to our concerns,” a senior source said.The government is also disappointed with the glacial pace of the ongoing 26/11 trial in Pakistan, as the judge was changed for the fourth time recently.Sources said India has provided all documents and evidence and sought a satisfactory closure to the case.”It is not behind us,” the source said, adding that Rao and her delegation will also discuss the larger conspiracy that has emerged in the trial of Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley who has testified in a Chicago court on the links between the ISI and terror groups and the spy agency’s role in the 26/11 attacks.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

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