ISLAMABAD - Islamabad and New Delhi are negotiating new dates for a meeting of national security advisers of the two countries, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.

The crucial meeting proposed by India for August 23 and 24 is not feasible because of unavailability of Sartaj Aziz, Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs, sources said, adding the meeting was being rescheduled.

“Islamabad and New Delhi are in contact to fix the dates for a meeting of NSAs of the two countries,” Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah confirmed, saying he was not aware of the agenda of the meeting being fixed.

Sartaj Aziz on the last weekend said Pakistan had yet to confirm dates and agenda of the meeting that was agreed last month between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi at Ufa (Russia) that a meeting of the NSAs would be convened to discuss all issues including terrorism.

India suspended unilaterally scheduled secretary-level talks earlier this year on the pretext of a meeting of Pakistan’s High Commissioner to New Delhi Abdul Basit Khan with Kashmiri leaders. After a month-long pause India agreed to send its foreign secretary to Islamabad to work out a roadmap for peace talks, but that also did not produce any result.

According to senior Pakistani diplomats privy to these developments, Pakistan wants a well-defined roadmap for sustained dialogue process to help resolve all outstanding issues with India, including the Kashmir issue, in the interest of lasting peace and stability in the region. India always shied away from such a course and spoiled the peace process whenever both sides neared resolution of any particular issue, showing lack of sincerity of purpose.

They were of the view that India had always tried to destabilise Pakistan in one way or the other and is not interested in resolving outstanding issues with Pakistan through peaceful means in order to take the dialogue process to logical end.

Instead, India keeps on committing gross violations of 2003 Ceasefire Accord on LoC and Working Boundary through unprovoked firing and other actions, including whipping up terrorism across Pakistan. The latest developments on LoC and the Working Boundary forced Pakistan to warn India of serious consequences.

On the face of India’s threatening posturing, Pakistan military had to maintain high level of preparedness and vigil at the LoC and Working Boundary to give a befitting response to Indian threats.

“With latest actions on Working Boundary and LoC, India is making the situation graver,” a leading defence analyst associated with an Islamabad-based think tank maintained.

Requesting not to be quoted, he believed India’s military posturing and actions at Working Boundary and Line of Control (LoC) had two objectives – sidetracking Pakistan’s efforts fighting terror on Pak-Afghan border and sabotaging Pakistan’s plans to expose New Delhi’s real face to the world in the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting.

He was of the view that India was trying to pressurise Pakistan to drop its plans to expose India at the United Nations that was why it arbitrarily moved to propose a meeting of NSAs later this month in a bid to show the international community that both the nuclear armed south Asian neighbours were engaged in resolving their issues bilaterally.

On the other hand, diplomatic sources believed that Pakistan was capable of defending its national interests and would not drop its plans to expose India at the UN General Assembly.