NSAs from India and Pakistan to meet in Delhi for talks on August 23

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Pakistan on Thursday confirmed that its National Security Advisor, Sartaz Aziz, will visit India on August 23 to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval.

Speaking to reporters in Islamabad, Aziz said, “Yes, I can confirm that I will be going to India on (August) 23rd for talks.”

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Aziz’s confirmation comes a fortnight after reports suggested that India had sent an invitation to Pakistan proposing talks at the NSA level. The proposal for these talks had come after Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi met his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif in Russia in July.

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The focus of this talk, scheduled for August 23 and 24 will be on terror. According to reports, India has already decided to raise the terror attacks of Gurdaspur and Udhampur, where terrorist Naveed was arrested alive.

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As for Pakistan, Sharif has been under immense pressure from the the military establishment to not reciprocate to India’s offer for talks. But, Sharif, who returned from his trip to Belarus on Wednesday night, reportedly gave his nod Aziz’s India visit.

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