Pakistan urges India to fix dates for foreign secretary talks soonest

| Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 18:33
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Pathankot airbase

Both the sides are in contact on the issue, but no date has yet been fixed | Photo: IANS

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday urged New Delhi to finalise the dates of foreign secretary-level talks as early as possible following the Indian policy statement "not to link talks with the progress on Pathankot attack".

Both the sides are in contact on the issue, but no date has yet been fixed, Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Nafees Zakria said here.

On January 14, India and Pakistan agreed to reschedule talks between their foreign secretaries while an investigation into a deadly attack on a military base in Pathankot was being carried out.

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India has demanded action against the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad that it suspects of carrying out the January 2 attack on the Pathankot air base.

On February 8, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to investigate the deadly attack in Pathankot has concluded that there is no substantive evidence suggesting JeM Chief Maulana Masood Azhar’s involvement in the attack.

Pakistan NSA Nasser Khan Janjua said that the SIT is ready to visit India but not much should be expected because the investigation has already been completed by them on the basis of leads provided by India.

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