Sudden resumption of NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan leads to many questions


The resumption of the dialogue process between India and Pakistan after Sunday’s meeting between the national security advisors of the two neighbouring countries has kicked off a new debate.

While the National Conference leader and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, welcomed the resumption of talks, Congress has launched a scathing attack against the BJP-led government.

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Abdullah took to twitter to praise the latest development, “Perhaps this is the way quiet progress will be made away from each other’s capitals & the glare of media driven expectations. Now the challenge is to make sure the Indo-Pak dialogue process is ring-fenced from incidents designed specifically to derail it.”

Referring to the brief meeting between prime ministers of India and Pakistan on the sidelines of the Climate Meet in Paris, Obdullah said, “Clearly Paris was more than the officially termed ‘courtesy meeting.'”

Indian foreign ministry’s spokesperson, Vikas Swarup, on Sunday tweeted a photo of both NSAs shaking hands and a joint declaration after their meeting in Bangkok.

The joint declaration read’ “Discussion between National Security Advisors of India & Pakistan in Bangkok were held in a candid, cordial and constructive atmosphere. Discussions covered peace and security, terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, and other issues, including tranquillity along the LoC.”



India’s refusal to discuss Kashmir had led to the cancellation of the last NSA-level talks between the two countries scheduled for 23 August.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari asked the government to explain what had changed between August and now to resume bilateral talks.

“It’s a grand betrayal. It’s a betrayal of everything that this government has ostensibly, publicly espoused,” Congress leader Manish Tewari said.

Asked about the meeting between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Janjua in Bangkok, Tewari said this is absolutely “crowning glory” after two sides had engaged in mutual blame game earlier resulting in cancellation of talks.

“If you look at the track record of this government over the past 18 months, their Pakistan policy has been an extravaganza, a somersault, flip-flops and 180-degree U-turns and this is absolutely the crowning glory,” he said.

The social media users too have been quick to cast their doubts on the reasons prompting the resumption of NSA level talks.

Journalist Bhupendra Chaubey asked;

Other users too expressed similar sentiments;