Doval, Pakistan NSA may come face-to-face at SCO conclave

Doval, Pakistan NSA may come face-to-face at SCO conclave

NEW DELHI: National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and his Pakistan counterpart Moeed Yusuf are expected to come face to face at a meeting of the SCO NSAs in Tajikistan’s Dushanbe on June 22-23.
While a “pull aside” isn’t ruled out, sources said neither side had proposed any bilateral meeting. Foreign minister S Jaishankar was also in Dushanbe earlier this year with his counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi for a Heart of Asia meeting but there was no bilateral meeting between them.
Yusuf was recently elevated to the rank of NSA by Pakistan. While the NSA meeting of the SCO member-states is held every year, the meeting this year will follow reports of backchannel talks between India and Pakistan in the run up to the February agreement to observe ceasefire understanding. The NSA meeting is expected to focus on the situation in Afghanistan where US troops withdrawal and increase in violence by Taliban have created a dangerous situation.
Pakistan army chief Qamar Bajwa had been quoted as saying that Doval and ISI chief Faiz Hameed had met in Dubai late last year. UAE was also reported to have mediated between the two countries. India has so far not denied these reports. To allow their respective missions to function smoothly, even as ties remain downgraded, India and Pakistan had this week approved all pending visas for diplomats and other staff members after two years of strife over the issue.
Tajikistan will host the NSA meeting as the current chair of SCO. Doval had walked out of the virtual meeting of SCO NSAs last year after Yusuf displayed what India described as a fictitious map of J&K in the background. India sees Pakistan’s efforts to bring up the Kashmir issues as a violation of SCO’s norms of safeguarding sovereignty of member states.

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