In a meeting that lasted nearly two hours, India and Pakistan foreign secretaries, S Jaishankar andAizazAhmadChaudhary respectively, met on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia conference in New Delhi on Tuesday.

In what is being termed a “frank and constructive” discussion by the ministry of external affairs, both In what is being termed a “frank and constructive” discussion by the ministry of external affairs, both sides didn’t skirt the increasing issues of cross-border terrorism.
S Jaishankar pulled Pakistan up for the delay in the trial against 26/11 accused Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar, and his listing on the United Nation’s 1267 Sanctions Committee. He strongly reiterated India’s stand on the Pathankot attacks, calling for “early and visible progress” in the investigation.

He strongly reiterated India’s stand on the Pathankot attacks, calling for “early and visible progress” in the investigation.
The Pakistan foreign secretary raised the issue of the disputed region of Kashmir, saying it is a “core issue” that requires a just solution.

He raised the case of the Research and Analysis Wing agentKulbhushanJadhav’s involvement in terrorist activities in Balochistan—which was denied by India.Jaishankar asked for access to Jadhav, despite the government dismissing links with him.
Chaudhary brought up “the environment being created in India” for the release of the Samjhauta Express blasts accused. He added that despite repeated requests Pakistan does not have access to the investigation reports which detail the 42 Pakistani lives lost.
Jaishankar said Pakistan cannot be in denial about the impact of terrorism. “Terrorist groups based in Pakistan and targeting India must not be allowed to operate with impunity,” he is quoted to have said.
According to sources, there was hardly any common ground during the course of deliberations. However, the external affairs ministry said the two countries have agreed to take things forwards and “remain in touch”.

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