No decision yet on India-Pakistan Foreign Secretary-level talks

NAYANIMA BASU New Delhi | Updated on January 19, 2018

India and Pakistan have not yet firmed up a date to hold the pending Foreign Secretary-level talks that got stalled due to the terrorist attack at the Pathankot Air Force base even as both have maintained that it will take place soon.

“We do not have a date yet but the Foreign Secretaries have been in touch … The NSAs have not met but they have been in touch. We are looking for credible and comprehensive progress (on the Pathankot attacks),” Vikas Swarup, JS (XP) and spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs said here on Thursday.

On the issue of Pakistan sending a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to India to assess the terrorist attack, Swarup said there had been no further discussion on this issue apart from the initial proposal made by Pakistan.

“They (Pakistan) had said they are considering but we will take some action on this only when there is concrete proposal on this made by them,” he added.

Earlier this week, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said he will not allow the SIT to enter the base.

Meanwhile, India has also asked to take “concrete action” on the “actionable intelligence” shared by India with Pakistan on the Pathankot attack, which occurred on January 2.

Post the attack at Pathankot, both Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi also had a telephonic conversation in which Pakistan had assured India of taking “prompt and decisive action.”

Eventually, Pakistan reportedly raided some of the offices of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), which India termed as an “important and positive step.”

There were also reports that Pakistan even detained JeM chief Masood Azhar, who is alleged to have masterminded the terrorist attack. However, Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson Khalilullah Qazi refused to confirm any such information.

The Foreign Secretary level talks were scheduled to take place on January 15 in Islamabad.

Published on January 21, 2016

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