ISLAMABAD - New Delhi’s arbitrary move to unilaterally fix agenda of a proposed meeting between National Security Advisers (NSAs) of Pakistan and India may push Islamabad to finally refuse the meeting.

“Pakistan has not yet confirmed the proposed meeting while agenda of the meeting is also not been fixed”, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz said in a statement on Sunday.

Aziz confirmed that India has proposed 23rd and 24th of this month for the meeting of NSAs of both the countries, but said the agenda is yet to be fixed mutually to make the meeting ‘meaningful and productive’.

According to diplomatic sources, Pakistan may decide to cancel the proposed meeting because India’s move to fix its agenda by itself without mutual consultation does not reflect sincerity of the purpose on its part.

They were of the view that Islamabad wanted a sustained process of dialogue with India to resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir in the interest of lasting peace and stability in the region, while India like always was interested in holding talks on issues of its own choice. Requesting anonymity they described the latest move as part of India’s ‘stick-only policy’ towards Pakistan which did not carry even an iota of carrot in it.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in their meeting at Ufa (Russia) last month agreed that a meeting of the NSAs would be convened to “discuss all issues including terrorism”.

India suspended scheduled secretary-level talks earlier this year on the pretext of meeting of Pakistan’s High Commissioner New Delhi Abdul Basit Khan with Kashmiri leaders. After 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 work.

Senior officials privy to the development believe that Indian government and media were on the same page regarding Pakistan and as part of some grand design they keep on bashing Pakistan for any unfortunate incident that takes place on Indian soil. They also accused India for unabated provocation in one way or the other, including frequent violations of LoC and Working Boundary as well as whipping up terrorism to destabilise Pakistan.

“Pakistan is capable of defending its national interest and would do whatever it deems essential”, a senior diplomat said in a veiled reference to plans to expose Indian actions against Pakistan in the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting.

India has long been accused of fuelling insurgency in Balochistan and unrest in Karachi. Indian intelligence agency RAW is also reportedly patronising militant groups that have been fighting Pakistan Army in tribal areas. Pakistan government has said it would raise its concerns about Indian involvement in terrorism at UNGA.

As for bilateral talks, India wants to engage Pakistan on only terrorism of which Pakistan itself is a victim and the international community has duly recognised its terror fighting commitment and efforts and the sacrifices it had rendered in the course of war against terror. There has been no let up in India’s tirade against Pakistan even though Islamabad vehemently rejected New Delhi’s allegations over the recent Gurduspur incident.

The Indian propaganda machine goes on with full steam to blame Pakistan for the incident even after Sartaj Aziz’s policy statement on the floor of the National Assembly last week in which he categorically rejected the Indian allegations as baseless and unfounded.

Mr Aziz, in a written statement in parliament on Friday, said the PM during his speech at the UN next month would speak about Indian involvement in Pakistan. “I think the prime minister is certainly going to use the forum of the UNGA to highlight RAW’s activities in the country,” he had said.