PM Modi agrees to visit Pakistan in 2016, NSA’s of both countries to meet in Delhi


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif have formally agreed for a National Security Advisers meet in New Delhi to discuss terrorism.

The leaders of India and Pakistan had held talks on Thursday morning on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Russia.

An announcement was later made by India’s Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyan Jaishankar confirming the NSA meet in New Delhi.

PM Modi also accepted an invitation from Sharif to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meeting in Pakistan in 2016.

Breakthroughs were also achieved on India’s demand for a speedy trial for 26/11 accused terrorists, with India agreeing to send more evidence against the perpetrators for their role in the attacks in Mumbai.

India has in the past repeatedly accused Pakistan of an ineffectual trial of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Mumbai terror attacks alleged mastermind and top commander of terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, who was granted bail by Pakistan earlier this year.

Pakistan had said that India had failed to provide enough evidence against Lakhvi. Voice samples of terrorists who gave instructions to their counterparts in Mumbai during the siege that left 166 people dead, will now be sent over to Pakistan, officials said after the Modi-Sharif meet.

(More details to follow)