New Delhi, Aug 12: There is growing pressure on the Nawaz Sharrif government in Pakistan to derail the NSA level talks with India. While Sharrif has resisted any attempt to derail the talks, Pakistan would however try and go for a hard bargain when India raises a host of issues with it.
It is very clear that when the National Security Advisors of both the nations meet, the only topic for discussion would be terrorism.
If the meeting were to take place, then it is expected to be an explosive one with both sides trading charges against each other. Whether there would be a solution to the charges leveled by both sides is anybody's guess.
Time not conducive for talks with India:
A large section of the Pakistan's army and the ISI feels that the time is just not right for talks. They are not giving any indication and even the proposed dates of August 23 and 24 by India have not elicited any response as yet. According to sources, Paksitan is still debating on whether to talk or not.
Indian officials say that they may be wanting to set the agenda and we get to hear that they are likely to raise a host of issues. However they need to answer a lot of questions posed by India as well which would range from the 26/11 trial, Udhampur and Gurdaspur attacks and also cross border violations.
The Pakistan establishment is however trying to advise Nawaz Sharrif to postpone the talks and not to go in for it at this moment. However as per the advise given to Sharrif by his National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan must talk, but take a tough stance.
Pakistan will raise the Balochistan issue:
Pakistan clearly wants to set the agenda. The best way to get out of answering questions by India would be to pose questions of their own. Pakistan is likely to raise the Balochistan bogey and speak about Indian interference in the region. A couple of weeks back, Paksitan had also indicated that it would raise the Peshawar school attack as it suspects India's hand in it.
However according to sources, the Balochistan issue would figure on the top of Paksitan's list if at all it decides to speak with India. Pakistan has been in the process of preparing a mammoth document on Balochistan and would confirm a date for the talks only once the same is ready.