Ball in Pak’s court, talks only if Islamabad acts on Pathankot evidence: Govt


TNN | Jan 7, 2016, 04.29 PM IST

Highlights

• India has provided actionable intelligence to Pakistan on Pathankot terror attack: Govt

•Foreign secretary talks will happen only if Islamabad acts on the leads provided by India, says MEA

• ‘India wants friendly relations with Pakistan, but will not tolerate cross-border terror’

Ball in Pak’s court, talks only if Islamabad acts on Pathankot evidence: Govt

01:23Ball in Pak's court, talks only if Islamabad acts on Pathankot evidence: GovtLoading

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday made it clear that foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan will go ahead only if Islamabad acts on the ‘actionable intelligence’ provided by Delhi on the Pathankot terror attack.

“The ball is in Pakistan’s court,” MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup said when asked about the fate of the upcoming foreign secretary-level talks.

“Pathankot terror attack has put renewed focus on cross-border terrorism,” he said.

“The government’s policy towards Pakistan is clear and consistent. India wants friendly relations with all its neighbours including Pakistan,” he said.

“But India will not tolerate cross-border terror,” he said.
“It will be premature for me to say anything more at this point,” Vikas Swarup said when pressed further for India’s stand on talks.
India-Pakistan relations saw a new hope when Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to Lahore to meet Nawaz Sharif. PM Modi’s surprise visit created goodwill and there were signs of forward movement in bilateral relations.
However, the Pathankot terror attack has once again put the focus on terror.

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