New Delhi, Aug 19: The meeting of the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan is expected to be a rocky ride. With so much provocation in the background, the meeting scheduled to be held on Sunday will focus on a range of issues and terrorism will take centre stage.
With just a couple of days to go for the talks, Pakistan's deputy high commissioner in India has invited separatist and Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani for talks.
The Deputy High Comissioner Mansoor Ahmad Khan also wants Geelani to meet with Pakistan's National Security Advisor, Sartaj Aziz during his visit.
More allegations and less talk
Going by the build up to the talks, it appears as though both India and Pakistan will have more allegations to make rather than resolve issues. An Indian official part of the process tells OneIndia that every attempt would be made to ensure that the talks do not turn out to be a slanging match.
We need to be patient and despite the provocations leading up to the talks, there is a need to resolve issues.
Pakistan on the other hand has already set the agenda for the talks. India has been raising a host of issues ahead of the talks.
The proposed meeting with Syed Ali Shah Geelani will also be on the list of subjects and India will lodge a formal protest. This is unwarranted and is aimed at just provoking the senior official also pointed out.
What does Pakistan have in store?
Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharrif yesterday approved the agenda for the NSA level talks. The Pakistan media reported that there were in-depth consultations between Sharrif, the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and the Director of the ISI, Rizwan Akthar.
In its agenda for the talks, Pakistan has included India's interference in Pakistan. It was the military leadership that provided the input regarding India's interference in Pakistan and how steps need to be taken to prevent it.
Pakistan has decided to address this issue is a very forceful manner and also raise the issue of unprovoked firing by the Indian army along the Line of Control and Working Bounday.