Pakistan, India talks deferred after Pathankot attack


NEW DELHI: Pakistan and India have agreed to reschedule talks between their foreign secretaries, the Indian foreign ministry said on Thursday, after an attack on an Indian military base this month.

“The talks between the foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India have been rescheduled with mutual consent of both countries,” spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Vikas Swarup, told Indian media in New Delhi.

The foreign secretaries of the two countries had been due to meet on Friday in Islamabad. Swarup said they would meet in the “very near future”.

Swarup also said India welcomed the action taken by Pakistan against the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group that is blamed by Indian for the attack on the Pathankot airbase.

“The action taken by Pakistan against the Jaish-e-Mohammad group is an important and positive first step,” he said, noting the government of Pakistan is sending an investigation team to probe the recent terrorist attack on Indian Air Force’s base in Pathankot.

The Indian foreign minsiter said the government of India will extend its full cooperation to the Pakistani investigation team in the probe of the terror incident.

Replying to a question about the Foreign Office’s statement regarding the arrest of JEM chief Maulana Masood Azhar, the spokesperson said the Indian government was also unaware of Azhar’s arrest.

Swarup hoped that the government of Pakistan would complete the investigation and bring all the perpetrators of the attack to justice.

The spokesperson, however, denied reports of a recent meeting between the National Security Advisers of both the countries.


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