Nawaz admits Pathankot attack hit dialogue

Nawaz admits Pathankot attack hit dialogue

Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday that the militant strike on Pathankot airbase affected the dialogue process with India, while stating that his country will finish the investigation into the attack soon.
“Talks with India were progressing but the Pathankot attack has affected the dialogue process,” Sharif was quoted as saying by the media.
The dialogue process between the two nations started after Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and external minister Sushma Swaraj had visited Pakistan. The foreign secretary-level talks scheduled for January 15 and postponed indefinitely following the attack were decided soon after Modi made an unscheduled stopover in Lahore to meet Sharif and his family.
India has said that Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad, is responsible for plotting the Pathankot attack on January 2 that killed seven Indian soldiers.
Pakistan on Thursday had said it expects India to go ahead with a planned meeting of the foreign secretaries and called on New Delhi not to indulge in a blame game because it undermines efforts to counter terrorism.
Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit said during a television interview in New Delhi that the two sides had acted maturely after the terror strike on Pathankot airbase and not disrupted their engagements.
“I do not see any reason as to why the talks should not happen,” he had said.
On Saturday, Sharif said, “It is our responsibility to uncover if our soil was used in the attack. We will do this and the ongoing investigations will soon be completed.”

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