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Indian Establishment and Pakistan Establishment to hold maritime talks today

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    Indian Establishment and Pakistan Establishment to hold maritime talks today
    NEW DELHI , May 27, 2018 21:18 IST

    Updated: May 27, 2018 21:18 IST
    http://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...talks-today/article24007399.ece?homepage=true


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    Pakistan Maritime Security Agency headquarters in Karachi. Photo: www.pmsa.gov.pk


    Indian Establishment and Pakistan Establishment are scheduled to hold maritime dialogue this week, a diplomatic source has confirmed. According to the officials, the bilateral talk to be held here on May 28 marks a positive turn in ties and indicates the continuity of existing dialogue.


    “Rear Admiral Zaka Ur Rehman, Director General of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), is scheduled to reach New Delhi on Sunday for talks with his counterpart from the Indian Coast Guard,” confirmed a diplomatic source. The development is significant as it comes a year after India refused to participate in the annual talks scheduled for July 2017 following the controversy over the former Indian Navy official Kulbhushan Jadhav who is in custody in Pakistan. Despite the ongoing tension in the Line of Control in Kashmir, both sides restarted the Track II Neemrana Dialogue in April where a common desire to continue with normal exchanges was conveyed by policy specialists.

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    Neemrana Dialogue was launched in early 1990s and included influential former diplomats, military veterans and academics, who were having unofficial backing from the foreign ministries of the two countries.

    The original Track II initiative, Neemrana Dialogue, received a fresh start with the visit, diplomatic sources here said.

    The Indian side was led by former foreign ministry secretary Vivek Katju and included well- known educationist JS Rajput and other experts, while Pakistan side was led by former foreign secretary Inamul Haque.

    The interactions between the two sides took place between April 28 to 30 in Islamabad, sources said.

    “The two sides discussed all aspects of bilateral relations and agreed that all issues between the two countries should be resolved through talks,” according to a source.

    The Pakistani side also included former governor State Bank of Pakistan Ishart Hussian, whose name has been circulating in the media as one of candidates to become Pakistan’s caretaker prime minister during general election expected to be held in July.

    The Track II interaction was kept under tight wraps and nothing had been shared officially about it by the organisers.







     
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    http://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...ies-nirmala/article24007283.ece?homepage=true

    Uproar over order on Cantonment roads.

    Responding to reports that the families of Army personnel have launched a signature campaign against the government’s decision to open all Cantonment roads for public use, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday tweeted that they are welcome to meet her.

    “Welcome to meet me. Shall hear them with an open mind,” she said.

    The Defence Ministry, after consulting with elected representatives and Members of Parliament from Cantonment areas, directed the Army to open up all roads in Cantonment areas across the country to the public. Following this, the Army issued an order, directing that all roads, except a few, be opened. The decision is to be reviewed in a month.

    ‘Affect safety’

    While the order has created much confusion on the ground, there has been widespread anger in military circles, especially among military wives and children, who say the move will affect the safety of the families.
     
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    A high level meeting between the Coast Guard of India and the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency was held at the Coast Guard Headquarters on Monday.(Indian Coast Guard)

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/indi...y-fishermen/story-RbtOu1ZsPMEDpYtWE56HxI.html

    Coast Guards of India and Pakistan on Monday held talks, addressing issues pertaining to boundary violations by fishermen from both sides and enhancing cooperation in the area of maritime search and rescue, and combating pollution at sea.

    “A lot of focus of the meeting was on (violation of maritime boundary by) fishermen,” Indian Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh said.

    “Focus of the talks was also on cooperation in the area of search and rescue operations and cooperation in the field of (maritime) pollution,” he added.

    The four-member delegation of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) is being led by its Director General Rear Admiral Zaka Ur Rehman.

    Rehman was accompanied by Director Operations of the PMSA, an official each from Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Two members -- a defence attache and a political secretary -- at the Pakistan High Commission here also participated in the talks.

    The high-level meeting was conducted under the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two agencies in 2005.

    A meeting between the two maritime security agencies was scheduled for October last year, but it was called off amid tension between India and Pakistan following the Kulbhushan Jadhav episode.

    Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national and former navy officer, has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on the charges of alleged spying. India has denied the charges and approached the International Court of Justice against the sentence.

    “This annual meeting is a significant link between the two maritime agencies for addressing issues pertaining to maritime boundary violations by fishermen and enhancing cooperation in the domain of maritime search and rescue and marine environment pollution.

    “The two service heads from Indian Coast Guard and Pakistan MSA also have a hotline link between them for regular exchange of information on non-military maritime issues as per the MoU between the two governments,” a statement by the Indian Coast Guard said.

    The Pakistani delegation will be in India till May 30.
     

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