‘India, Pakistan to work on what they agreed to at Ufa’

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) India is going to work with Pakistan according to the joint statement issued after the Narendra Modi-Nawaz Sharif meeting in Ufa, in Russia, and “will not judge by the airwaves” of what Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz has said in Islamabad, sources said on Tuesday.

According to sources, the India-Pakistan joint statement “is an accurate reflection of the spirit” of the Modi-Sharif meeting in Ufa.

The one-hour meeting in Ufa was “about how to go about talking to each other in a high-level focused way”, the sources said.

The joint statement was formulated by both the foreign secretaries – India’s S. Jaishankar and Pakistan’s Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary – and “captures the main points of the meeting” and “reasonably, accurately reflects the substance of the meeting”, sources said.

The statement, read out to the press in Ufa, was shown to Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval before being read out, and likewise taken by the Pakistani foreign secretary to be approved by his higher-ups, said the sources.

The statement was jointly formed by the two foreign secretaries just after the meeting, and “the idea that it is not true and accurate means that both (foreign secretaries) are misleading”, the sources added.

Both the prime ministers came to the meeting “with a fairly positive intent”, which was preceded by their phone calls to each other with regard to the Yemen evacuation, the Nepal earthquake and the Ramadan greetings extended by Modi.

The sources said that Sartaj Aziz’s statements have “not in any way affected what was agreed upon” in Ufa and both sides would begin work on a meeting between their National Security Advisors and the meeting of the DG Border Security Force with the DG Pakistan Rangers and between their Directors General of Military Operations.

According to the sources, what Aziz said in Islamabad does not concern India. “We have to judge on what they said to us,” the informed sources added.

To a question whether Kashmir was discussed at the Ufa meeting, the source said that “broadly the contours of Kashmir – in a way” was discussed at Ufa.

“We want to do things (begin work on the agreed points) sooner than rather than later,” the sources added.

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  1. It is a disgrace to us, for our government clings on to the so called understanding reached between Modi and Nawaz Sharif, in spite of Pakistan repudiating the same, cut and dry.

    Modi may be an orator, but he lacks diplomacy. He went to Bangladesh and declared there that India partitioned Pakistan to create Bangladesh! It is a open secret, but no head of the state would ever openly accept such a covert action.

    If he has his head on his shoulder, then he must realise that without engaging Pakistan Army no solution could be found. For, to solve Kashmir problem, in India the RSS must be in power and in Pakistan the Army must be in power. Otherwise, the spoilsters, viz, RSS and Pak Army, would derail the entire issue. Vajpayee was under cut by Advani when the above circumstance was prevailing, because General Musharraf was calling the shots in Pakistan then.

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