No bilateral talks with Pak during SAARC: MEA

New Delhi, July 31: The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday made it clear that union minister Rajnath Singh will not have any bilateral talks with Pakistan when he visits Islamabad to attend the SAARC ministerial conference on August 3 and 4.

Singh's visit would be to promote regional cooperation and he is not visiting Islamabad for a bilateral meeting with Pakistan, the MEA's official spokesperson, Vikas Swarup had said at a presser on Friday.

No bilateral talks with Pak during SAARC

However, sources say that Singh will raise certain points with his Pakistan counterpart Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan relating to unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, cross border terrorism and infiltration.

A Home Ministry official tells OneIndia that Singh will on the sidelines of the summit will speak with Khan about these issues.

Dossier diplomacy

Armed with the interrogation report of Bahadur Ali the terrorist who was captured recently at Jammu and Kashmir, Singh would place proof of Pakistan's continued involvement in terror related activities. Ali has already confirmed he was launched out of Pakistan to strike terror in Jammu and Kashmir.

While the MEA states that Singh emphasis would be on regional cooperation, at the home ministry the agenda points for a meet with Khan on the sidelines of the summit is already being set.

India has already sent out several dossiers to Pakistan regarding their involvement in terror. Another one based on the Kashmir unrest and also the interrogation details of Ali would also be provided.

Top home ministry officials say that the main focus of the meet would be on regional security. Terror attacks in Bangladesh. infiltrations into India and the instability at Afghanistan would be key issues to be discussed.

While a lot of emphasis would be laid on these issues, India would still rake up directly with Pakistan issues relating to the border and the situation in Kashmir. It would be part of the agenda, but not the main focus for now.

Issues with Pakistan will be raised strongly later on as well, the official informed.

OneIndia News

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