Pathankot Attack: Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary Talks Likely To Be Derailed?

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Pakistan must decide quickly on the evidence given to it on Pathankot attack, said the Indian government on 7 January. If Pakistan does not act in haste, the foreign secretary level talks between the two countries maybe derailed.

The foreign secretaries talks are due to begin on 14 January to 15 in Islamabad. Though India is officially yet to announce any date, sources said the government was of the view to delaying the talks.

“The ball is now in Pakistan’s court,” said Vikas Swarup, spokesperson for the foreign ministry. “Pakistan’s response is what we are looking forward to,” he added.

“More than a week remains for the talks between the countries to begin, let’s see what happens till then,” he added.

In Pakistan, PM Nawaz Sharif met top officials, including foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz, on 7 January to review the evidence furnished by India, including telephone intercepts made by six terrorists.

India wants to see action taken against those who executed the covert attack onPathankot. NSA Ajit Doval spoke on two occasions with his Pak Naseer Janjhua to give him evidence of Pakistan links with the terrorists.

Ammunition and other tools recovered from the terrorists after they were killed was manufactured in Pakistan, said defence minister Manohar Parrikar.

The attack on Pathankot, where India keeps bulk of its fighter jets and attack helicopters. This come after PM Narendra Modi made an unscheduled visit toPakistan to meet Nawaz Sharif in a mark of giving pace to a rapprochement between the two nations.

Indian officials have privately blamed the Pathankot attack on the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a militant group close to Pakistani intelligence.

Meanwhile, India is hesitant to break off talks as is evident with Modi speaking to Sharif on Tuesday wherein he repeated the demand that Pakistan act on the “actionable and specific information” and avoided blaming Pakistan. Sharif, in turn, praised the “maturity” of Indian statements.

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