Talks not conditional on Pathankot probe, says Indian envoy

Talks not conditional on Pathankot probe, says Indian envoy

ISLAMABAD: Foreign secretary level talks between Pakistan and India are not conditional to the Pathankot airbase attack probe, Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawaly said on Monday.
According to report carried by Pakistan-based Dawn newspaper, the Indian envoy also stated that India and Pakistan were in constant contact to hold foreign secretary level talks in the near future.
“I cannot give any particular date for the secretary level talks, but foreign secretaries from both countries are in constant contact,” he was quoted in the report as saying.
Following the meeting between prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif and his
Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Paris and the latter’s surprise trip to Lahore, Pakistan and India had agreed in December to resume the bilateral dialogue after two years.
The resumed dialogue was named Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue, with the foreign secretaries of the two countries scheduled to meet on January 15 to decide about the timetable and modalities of the process.
However, the attack on Pathankot Airbase in India blamed on Pakistan-based group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), India linked the resumption of the foreign secretaries’ meeting to action by Pakistan against JeM.
The attack was claimed by consortium of Kashmiri militant groups, United Jihad Council, an alliance of Kashmiri militants.
Later, a high-level meeting reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to cooperate with India on the Pathankot incident.
Sharif had said his government wanted to send a team of special investigators to the Pathankot airbase in India for further investigations and to probe any possible involvement of Pakistan-based individuals.
A special investigation team set up by Pakistan to probe the attack, but it found no evidence against the accussed JeM leader.

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