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There Are Established Channels of Communication At Various Levels Between India And Pakistan: Govt


Replying to a separate question, V K Singh said as per available information, presently 341 Indian fishermen are believed to be in Pakistan's custody
There are established channels of communications between India and Pakistan at various levels, including at the level of National Security Advisors (NSAs) to discuss operational issues such as cross-border terrorist infiltration and border management, the Lok Sabha was told today.
In this context, the NSAs met in Bangkok in December 2017, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said while replying to a question.
"At these meetings, the Indian side has strongly taken up the core issue of cross-border terrorism fomented by Pakistan. Strong concerns have been shared and protests registered at the incidents of unprovoked cross-border firings and support to cross-border terrorist infiltration from Pakistan," he said.
The minister said it has been made clear that the government is committed to working towards normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan and addressing all outstanding issues bilaterally and peacefully in accordance with Simla Agreement and Lahore declaration.
"However, any meaningful dialogue can be held only in an atmosphere free of terror, hostility and violence. Onus is on Pakistan to create such a conducive atmosphere. Till then, India will continue to take firm and decisive steps to respond to cross-border terrorism," he said.
Replying to a separate question, Singh said as per available information, presently 341 Indian fishermen are believed to be in Pakistan's custody.
However, Pakistan has only acknowledged the custody of 253 Indian fishermen so far, he said.
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