NEW DELHI(PTI): The India-Pakistan foreign secretary level talks may be postponed following the Pathankot terror attacks, according to media reports.
Ministry of External Affairs sources told the media that the decision on holding FS level talks is likely to be taken on Thursday. They pointed out that it was Pakistan, not India which had announced the dates for talks.
MEA sources said that India is ‘waiting for Pakistan to act against terrorists’ following the attacks on the Pathankot air base on January 2.
Reacting to the reports, Pakistan blasted India, claiming it was ‘not serious about wanting talks with Pakistan’. The country claimed that not enough evidence has been provided by India in connection with the Pathankot attacks, and that the phone line conversations provided are not clear.
On Tuesday, PTI had reported that the Indo-Pakistan Foreign Secretary-level talks appear to be unlikely this week with India taking the stand that Pakistan has to act on the leads given to it about the terror attack on the Pakistan air base.
Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Policy Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister, has said that the foreign secretary talks would be held on January 15. However, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval was quoted as having said said that talks can be held only after action, a stand from which he has distanced himself later.
Pathankot terror attack: Nawaz Sharif orders probe on leads given by India
Reports from Pakistan on Tuesday had claimed that law enforcement agencies have picked up “some suspects” connected to Pathankot airbase attack from Bahwalapur district, the hometown of Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.