The 'candid and cordial' meeting between Pakistan's recently appointed National Security Advisor (NSA) retired Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval is being seen by political pundits as a 'side effect' of the Bihar elections in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP was humiliated, Dawn commented.

It further said that “The joint statement issued after meeting shows New Delhi rowing back from its recent position and agreeing to discuss Jammu and Kashmir in the otherwise familiar mix of issues".

The paper stated it was not difficult to gauge the future course of talks between the two countries. "Who would carry forward the constructive engagement? That was not clear, setting off curious surmises. Allowing (External Affairs minister Sushma) Swaraj to head future talks would involve the external affairs bureaucracy, which is not PM Modi's preferred method of working," it reported.

The News International termed the Bangkok meeting as 'breakthrough'. "Barely a week after a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Paris, there was an important breakthrough in Bangkok on Sunday, when the National Security Advisors (NSA) of the two sides met for a lengthy meeting," it reported.

The Express Tribune under the headline 'Top security aides spring Bangkok surprise' reported that the foreign secretaries and NSA of Pakistan and India met 'in a surprise development that is likely to thaw the frosty relationship' between the two countries.

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