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Sartaj Aziz to visit India on 23 this month for security talks

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ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz is likely to visit New Delhi on August 23 to discuss security issues.

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“I can confirm that I will be going to India on August 23,” Sartaj Aziz said in a news conference.

He said that his visit is not considered to be a breakthrough as for the composite dialogue and all other issues are concerned but this will at least break the ace on some certain issues. “Let’ hope it will lead to further more complete talks on the other issues between the two nations.”

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi had agreed that a meeting of the National Security Advisers (NSAs) would be convened to ‘cover all issues related to terrorism into discussions.’

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However, after that agreement, a continuous militant attacks and border skirmishes have affected the deal and atmosphere.

Earlier, New Delhi had offered a meeting of NSA on August 23 for dialogues covering terrorist threat to Pakistan and India.

India is working out to highlight the issue of trial of alleged Mumbai plotters by a Pakistani court and the bail for Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the allegedly mastermind in the incident.

Meanwhile, Pakistan would like to present its reservations over Indian involvement in terrorism in Karachi, Balochistan and tribal areas.

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