Talks cannot go hands-in-hand along with terrorists attacks: India to Pak

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New Delhi: After facing terrorists attack on army camp in Nagrota recently, India today made it clear to Pakistan that talks cannot take place in an atmosphere of “continued terror”.

India which faced deadliest terrorists attack at army camp recently in Nagrota today made it clear that talks with Pakistan cannot take place in an atmosphere of “continued terror”, which it will never accept as “new normal” in the bilateral relationship.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup also said the government is awaiting detailed information on the specifics of the Nagrota attack before it decides on the next steps.

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When media persons asked that there would be bilateral talks on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia (HoA) Conference in Amritsar on December 3 and 4, he said, “We have not received any request from Pakistan for a bilateral meeting.

Swarup said, “India has always been open to talks but obviously it cannot be that talks take place in an atmosphere of continued terrorism. India will never accept continued terrorism as the new normal in the bilateral relationship.”

This sharp reaction came from India side two days after ahead of the conference where Pakistan will be represented by Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Affairs Advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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On other hand, Pakistani media earlier reported that had quoted officials as having said there would not be a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the HoA meets on Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will jointly inaugurate the ministerial deliberations on Sunday where the Indian delegation will be led by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the absence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is ill.

Hitting out at Pakistan, Swarup said Pakistan is a country which has a long record of carrying out cross border terrorism which it regards as an instrument of state policy and which puts Islamabad at odds with the rest of the international community.

On the appointment of Pakistan’s new army chief, he said it is an internal matter of Pakistan. India will judge Pakistan by its behaviour and its track record and not by change of persons, he added.

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