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Talks with Pak based on �trust�: Swaraj

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NEW DELHI, Dec 14 - Rejecting any �flip flop�, India today asserted that the decision to re-start talks with Pakistan was based on �trust� and said the intent would be to have an �uninterrupted� dialogue process despite provocations by the �saboteurs�, an apparent reference to terror groups.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, while briefing Parliament on her recent visit to Pakistan, justified the decision to have �comprehensive dialogue�, saying there is a �need for bridging the gulf� with the neighbouring country for peace and stability in the region.

Answering critics, she said in the latest arrangement, the level of talks on terror has been raised as this issue will now be dealt with by the national security advisers (NSAs) instead of foreign secretaries as earlier.

The fact that NSAs of India and Pakistan met in Bangkok without any publicity does not mean any third country�s involvement, but it was only to take forward the Ufa process, as such a meeting could not take place in Delhi as �you all know�, she told the Lok Sabha.

Swaraj, who sought the support of Parliament to the latest initiative with Pakistan, made suo motu statements in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and answered questions posed by members in the Lower House like whether Pakistan could be trusted, particularly since the history shows that dialogue has been accompanied by attacks from Pakistan. � PTI

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Talks with Pak based on �trust�: Swaraj

NEW DELHI, Dec 14 - Rejecting any �flip flop�, India today asserted that the decision to re-start talks with Pakistan was based on �trust� and said the intent would be to have an �uninterrupted� dialogue process despite provocations by the �saboteurs�, an apparent reference to terror groups.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, while briefing Parliament on her recent visit to Pakistan, justified the decision to have �comprehensive dialogue�, saying there is a �need for bridging the gulf� with the neighbouring country for peace and stability in the region.

Answering critics, she said in the latest arrangement, the level of talks on terror has been raised as this issue will now be dealt with by the national security advisers (NSAs) instead of foreign secretaries as earlier.

The fact that NSAs of India and Pakistan met in Bangkok without any publicity does not mean any third country�s involvement, but it was only to take forward the Ufa process, as such a meeting could not take place in Delhi as �you all know�, she told the Lok Sabha.

Swaraj, who sought the support of Parliament to the latest initiative with Pakistan, made suo motu statements in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and answered questions posed by members in the Lower House like whether Pakistan could be trusted, particularly since the history shows that dialogue has been accompanied by attacks from Pakistan. � PTI

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