Indo-Pak Foreign Secretaries set to meet in Delhi

RSTV Bureau
FILE: File photo of Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.  Photo - PTI

File photo of Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.
Photo – PTI

Foreign Secretary of India S Jaishankar will be meeting Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry in Delhi on Tuesday.

Chaudhry will be in Delhi to attend the ‘Heart of Asia’ regional conference.

“Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry will lead the Pakistan delegation to this meeting,” said the statement from Pakistan’s Foreign Office.

Sources in Delhi reveal that the two Foreign Secretaries will hold a bilateral meeting. It is reported that the talks may discuss Pathankot attack probe.

Talks between India and Pakistan were derailed after an airbase in Pathankot was attacked by alleged Pakistani terrorists in January this year. Seven Indian security personnel were killed in the attack that lasted for more than 40 hours. India said the attack was carried out by militants from the Pakistan- based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror outfit.

To investigate, India allowed a five-member Pakistani Joint Investigation Team to visit India from March 27 to April 1. The JIT which also comprised of an ISI officer, was also allowed to record statements of 16 witnesses.

On Monday, the Foreign Office said Pakistan looks forward to active participation in the forthcoming Heart of Asia meeting, reflecting “our commitment to efforts for promoting long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan”.

It also stated that the Pakistani delegation will hold bilateral meetings with other leading delegations attending the meeting.

Pakistan has continued to play an active role in the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, which was established in 2011 as a platform to discuss regional issues including security, economic cooperation and connectivity among Afghanistan, its neighbours and regional countries with a view to promote lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan, the Foreign Office statement said.

Pakistan had hosted the fifth Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Islamabad on December 9, 2015.

The conference had adopted a forward looking Islamabad Declaration entitled ‘Emphasising Enhanced Cooperation for Countering Security Threats and Promoting Regional Connectivity’.

(With inputs from PTI)