Sartaj Aziz: Ind-Pak Foreign Secy talks intact

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Pakistan has said that Foreign Secretary -level talks between India and Pakistan, which are slated to be held on January 15, are “intact”.

After the attack at the Air Force base in Pathankot by alleged Pakistani terrorists, question marks have been raised if India will go ahead with the scheduled talks to revive the peace process between the two countries.

“We are investigating the Pathankot incident while the foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan are intact,” Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs said at an event in Lahore on Saturday.

In the early hours of January 2, 6 terrorists attacked the Air Force base in Pathankot killing 7 Indian jawans. The gunbattle with the security forces lasted for four days before the terrorists were gunned down.

Post the attack India had strictly asked Pakistan to act on the leads provided by India that the terrorists belonged to Pakistani soil and the plot was hatched there.

“Let me tell you the talks are intact and will take place as per schedule, “assured Aziz at the event.

Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan are scheduled to take place on January 15 in Islamabad as part of reviving the peace process.

Islamabad: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz at a dinner for HoA delegates in Islamabad, Pakistan on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Photo - PTI

Islamabad: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz at a dinner for HoA delegates in Islamabad, Pakistan on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.
Photo – PTI

Of late, Indo-Pak ties have picked up after PM Modi made a surprise visit to Lahore on December 25 to greet PM Sharif on his birthday.

However, speculation is rife that the Pathankot attack may have dented the peace process.

India has clearly put the ball in Pakistan’s court, linking the fate of the talks to Islamabad’s “prompt and decisive” action on the Pathankot terror attack.

Earlier Sharif had telephoned PM Modi and assured him of “prompt and decisive action” against those found guilty.

(With inputs from PTI)