The meeting between the countries’ National Security Advisors linked to Indian death row prisoner held by Pakistan.
India, Pakistan Security Officials Secretly Met in Thailand
National security advisors of India and Pakistan held a "secret" meeting in Thailand, a senior Pakistani official said on Monday, Pakistan’s Dawn reported.
A Pakistan's national security division official said, on the condition of anonymity, the meeting between Pakistan's National Security Advisor retired Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua and India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval took place on December 27 in Thailand, the report said.
"The meeting was good. Doval's tone and tenor were friendly and positive," the official who had been briefed about the meeting disclosed.
He was told the meeting was useful and said it might help in restarting some sort of engagement at the diplomatic level as well, the report said.
According to the Pakistani official, the meeting came after Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav met with his family on December 25 in Islamabad.
While Pakistan termed its decision to allow Jadhav's family to travel to Pakistan to meet him as a humanitarian gesture, India has accused it of violating mutual understandings, asserting that the Indian national appeared coerced and under considerable stress during the tightly- controlled interaction.
Jadhav, who was captured in March last year, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged spying, an accusation that India has dismissed as concocted.
The Times of India reported that the New Delhi government says Jadhav was kidnapped in Iran where he had legitimate business interests, and brought to Pakistan.
To save Jadhav, India appealed to the International Court of Justice which ordered Pakistan in May to stay his execution, the report said.