Indian, Pakistani NSAs to meet in Tajikistan capital?

India's powerful National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will attend the  Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan this week where Pakistan’s NSA Moeed Yusuf is also expected to be present, and there is speculation that the two security officials could meet on the sidelines of the SCO meeting

Jun 21, 2021
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Indian, Pakistani NSAs

India's powerful National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will attend the  Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan this week where Pakistan’s NSA Moeed Yusuf is also expected to be present, and there is speculation that the two security officials could meet on the sidelines of the SCO meeting. 

While the officials said no meeting had been "scheduled" between the two NSAs, the SCO meeting, of the Secretaries of the Security Council, comes months after India and Pakistan embarked on a series of decisions to defuse tensions, with a back-channel dialogue led by Doval and military officials in Pakistan, according to several reports, that have not been denied, beginning with the announcement of a ceasefire agreement at the Line of Control, according to The HIndu newspaper. 

The NSA level meeting will be held on June 23, preceded by a Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on June 22, the newspaper reported. The report has not been denied. 

In addition to other security concerns to be discussed, the security officials will set the course for the annual Regional Anti-Terror Structure (RATS) mechanism joint exercises by SCO member troops, to be held in Pakistan this year, where Indian troops are due to attend, the authoritative newspapaper said. 

The meeting will take place just ahead of Modi's All-Party Meeting with leaders of Jammu and Kashmir, IBNS said. (SAM)

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