The spokesperson stated that Doval and Janjua also dwelled upon on how terrorism should not affect "this region" in their "operational-level talks". This will take the wind out of Pakistan's attempts to blame India on worldwide platforms for avoiding talks to de-escalate border tension. The NSA meeting, he said, was an operational mechanism similar to the DGMO-level talks and meetings between the BSF and the Pakistan Rangers.
The Indian Express had also reported that Pakistan has maintained high-level diplomatic contacts with the Indian establishment, even as New Delhi has maintained the rhetoric that terror and talks can not go together.
"We of course raised the issue of cross-border terrorism in those talks", added the MEA spokesperson. Besides that, there are several other dialogue mechanisms between India and Pakistan. "Hence, the focus of the talks between NSAs of India and Pakistan was cross-border terrorism", Raveesh said while confirming the Rs secret meeting' between the NSAs of India and Pakistan. We have said talks and terror can not go together.
The Jadhav-family meeting became the latest flashpoint in already strained Indo-Pak relations, with Pakistan terming its decision to allow Jadhavs family to travel to Pakistan to meet him as a humanitarian gesture and India accusing it of violating mutual understandings. "Some of these meetings are pre-determined".
The two women had on December 25 met the former Indian naval officer who Pakistan says is a spy - an allegation India denies - from across a glass screen.
"Similarly, the NSA-level engagement is part of operational-level talks".
In fact, the two NSAs spoke shortly after the Pathankot attack in January 2016.
In addition, the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries have talked as and when need arise, though the formal FS-level talks, which were precursor to the CBD, too have been put on abeyance. Dawn online had quoted a senior National Security Division official as saying that the objective of the meeting was to avoid serious missteps over the visit of Kulbhushan Jadhav's family to Pakistan.