Islamabad: National security advisors (NSAs) of India and Pakistan held a “secret" meeting in Thailand, a senior Pakistani official said on Monday.
A Pakistan national security division official, on the condition of anonymity, said the meeting between Pakistan’s national security advisor retired Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua and India’s national security advisor Ajit Doval took place on 27 December in Thailand, The Dawn newspaper reported.
“The meeting was good. Doval’s tone and tenor was friendly and positive," the official who had been briefed about the meeting disclosed. He was told the meeting was useful and said it might help in restarting some sort of engagement at the diplomatic level as well, the report said.
According to the Pakistani official, the meeting came after Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav met with his family on 25 December in Islamabad. While Pakistan termed its decision to allow Jadhav’s family to travel to Pakistan to meet him as humanitarian gesture, India has accused it of violating mutual understandings, asserting that the Indian national appeared coerced and under considerable stress during the tightly-controlled interaction.
India also accused Pakistan of disregarding cultural and religious sensibilities of family members under the pretext of security. Jadhav, who was captured in March last year, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged spying, an accusation that India has dismissed as concocted.
New Delhi says Jadhav was kidnapped in Iran where he had legitimate business interests, and brought to Pakistan. To save Jadhav, India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which ordered Pakistan in May to stay his execution.