Ministry of External Affairs on Friday confirmed that Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar responded to his Pakistan counterpart’s letter of August 19 regarding J&K. “I would like to confirm that FS has indeed responded to his counterpart’s (Pak) letter of Aug 19 regarding J&K”, Vikas Swarup told ANI. He also said, “In his letter Foreign Secretary has conveyed (to Pakistan) that GoI seeks a result oriented dialogue on the subject. He has reiterated that basis of further discussions are Simla Agreement of 1972, Lahore Declaration of 1999. He has underlined that as far as terrorism is concerned, not just India but larger region is aware that Pakistan is actually a prime perpetrator. He further said that agenda before India & Pakistan, today is to clearly to put end to cross border terrorism & incitement to violence from Pakistan”.
The letter, government sources said, was cleared by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, after consultations which involved the heads of the intelligence services and the Ministry of Home Affairs. Behind the letter, government sources say, is a foreign policy team that has pulled together to shape a strategic response to combat multiple crisis that have threatened to leave India isolated from several of its neighbours. “The letters tell Pakistan that if you want a serious conversation of the kind we’d hoped we were beginning when Pathankot happened, we’re open to that,” a senior official involved in drafting the documents said. “However, if you want to reduce our engagement to scoring propaganda points at home, fine, we can play that game too”. National Security Advisor Doval and Foreign Secretary Jaishankar have been working closely to craft a wider strategic response to the crisis in response to the impasse in relations with Pakistan, officials working with them told The Indian Express.