NEW DELHI - Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit has said that the Pakistan-India dialogue won't get derailed in case of another terror attack.

In an exclusive interview with India Today, Basit claimed that India has given commitment that terror will not affect the ongoing talks. Basit even said that national security advisers of the two countries also discussed reaction to any future terror attack and both the countries agreed that terror shouldn't derail talks.

Responding to a question, Basit said: “There has been no change as far as Islamabad is concerned. Pakistani prime minister has always been saying ...underlining the importance of having a dialogue with India. What changed here in New Delhi...I would not know. We welcome the change in policy on part of India.”

He said both sides knew the importance of talking to each other. “We do understand...I think New Delhi also realises that unless we talk to each other we would not be able to resolve our issues. The first thing is to bridge this distrust gap and that cannot be done unless we talk to each other. You cannot rule out anything but I think government should be committed to dialogue process with all sincerity.”

To another question, he said “I would not like to get into specific but I think both sides are committed this time around to not allow those forces to sabotage or thwart this dialogue process between the two countries.”

He further said “This is a comprehensive bilateral dialogue as we know. We have made gains in the past, we will build on them. We will discussing everything, from Jammu and Kashmir to peace and security and confidence-building measures.”

HURRIYAT LEADERS MEET PAK HC: Two Hurriyat Conference leaders yesterday met Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit in Delhi and told him that Islamabad should maintain "consistency and firmness" over its Kashmir policy.

They also emphasised that Pakistan should play an "active role in highlighting the human rights violations" in Jammu and Kashmir at international fora. "A Hurriyat delegation sent by chairman Syed Ali Geelani held a detailed meeting for one-and-a-half hours with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit in New Delhi.

"They held a detailed discussion over the recent meeting of Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan rulers on the occasion of Asia Heart Conference in Islamabad and also discussed the Kashmir policy there," Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said in a statement in Srinagar.

The two-member Hurriyat delegation comprised Geelani's personal secretary Peer Saifullah and chief organiser of the amalgam Altaf Ahmad Shah, he said.