Pakistan calls off NSA level talks with India

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Islamabad: The Pakistani authorities have called off the NSA saying that talks cannot be held based on the preconditions set by India that the NSA level talks will only have terrorism on its agenda and no separatist leaders would be allowed to meet the Pakistan NSA Sartaj Aziz before his meeting with Ajit Kumar Doval, his Indian Counterpart.

Earlier in the day, Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj had given an ultimatum to the Pakistani Authorities saying that Aziz is welcome if he focuses on talks related to terrorism as agreed at Ufa between the Prime Ministers of both the countries. She had even said that talking to Huriyat leaders before the talks would mean involving a third party which will clearly violate the Shimla agreement between the two countries where it was agreed that no third party would be involved in the talks between the two countries.

Also several separatist leaders like Shabir Shah and Bilal Lone were detained by Delhi Police upon their arrival at Delhi airport to meet Aziz who was scheduled to visit New Delhi on Sunday.

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