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Indo-Pak foreign secretaries may meet at Kabul Conference: Report

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New Delhi: This week’s Kabul Conference, in which 25 countries are participating might bring Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries face to face, reported the Hindustan Times.

Vijay Gokhale, the Indian FS and his Pakistani counterpart Tehmina Janjua are attending the meet.

The report added that an official meeting has not been confirmed however, if the two meet, it would be a first such meet between the two countries after the National security Advisers of both countries met in Bankok in 2017.

The speculated meeting of the top diplomats at the Kabul conference comes in the backdrop of recent attacks on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sunjwan, which India blames on Pakistan. The attack claimed the lives of five Army men and one civilian.

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After the attack on the Sunjawan Army Station in Jammu, the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while saying the Pakistan will ‘pay for its misadventures’, said that they are escalating the situation at the borders in order to help infiltrators.

The union Home Minister Rajnath Singh recently said that Pakistan should not misinterpret “powerful” India’s “decency”.

“Three-four days ago, Pakistan Rangers held a flag meeting with our BSF DG. (The Rangers) assured that the ceasefire violation would not take place. But despite this, Pakistan has been violating ceasefire,” Singh said.

“Not saying much, I just want to say our politeness and decency has a limit and we want to maintain good relations with all and also with our neighbours. But our decency should not be wrongly interpreted,” he said.

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The “Kabul Process” meeting is an Afghan government-led initiative with stakeholders to find lasting peace in the war-torn country, including the contours of engaging with Taliban outfit. This is the second such meeting of the Kabul Process and is taking place amid stepped up prospects that the elusive TAPI gas pipeline connecting Turkmenis­tan and India through Afghan­istan and Pakistan could be taking shape.

 

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