Talks hinge on prompt Pak. action: MEA

Pakistan to pursue leads given by India

January 08, 2016 01:26 am | Updated December 04, 2021 11:00 pm IST - NEW DELHI:

India awaits “prompt and decisive” action from Pakistan against the perpetrators of the Pathankot attack, the government said on Thursday, for the first time linking the action to Foreign Secretary talks between the two countries scheduled for January 15.

Intel provided “We are waiting for Pakistan to take action on the actionable intelligence provided to them and the assurances given to us on prompt and decisive action. Obviously if that prompt and decisive action happens, it creates a different dynamic,” the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson told the media on Thursday.

Asked if that meant the talks could be cancelled, in case Pakistan did not act on the leads provided by India, the spokesperson replied, “January 15th is 8 days away, let’s see what happens between now and then,” also denying that there had been “any discussion with Pakistan” on the possibility of NSAs Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Gen. (retd.) Janjua meeting ahead of those talks.

In Pakistan, PM Nawaz Sharif, who returned from Sri Lanka the night before, chaired a high-level meeting on Thursday, attended by senior ministers, his chief foreign affairs advisors Sartaj Aziz and Tariq Fatemi, NSA Lt. Gen. Janjua, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhury and the Intelligence Bureau chief Aftab Sultan. The official release only said that “issues pertaining to national and regional security were discussed.”

Pakistan to pursue leads given by India

As India awaits decisive action from Pakistan against the perpetrators of the Pathankot attack, unidentified officials quoted by news agency PTI said Thursday’s high-level meeting in Pakistan chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had discussed the terror strike, adding that “the meeting decided to speed up work on the leads given by India.”

According to PTI, other officials said that Pakistan would request additional information from India. “We would like to have solid information to build a case for action. Otherwise courts intervene and the suspects are bailed out.”

Asked about the specific information provided, the MEA spokesperson wouldn’t give details, but said that “actionable intelligence” had reached the concerned authorities in Pakistan.

“As far as we are concerned, the ball is now in Pakistan’s court. The immediate issue in front of us is Pakistan’s response to the terrorist attack and the actionable intelligence provided by it.”

The spokesperson’s words are the sharpest public comments from the government on the Pathankot attack that left seven Indian soldiers dead.

Government and Cabinet officials have thus far avoided pointing a finger directly at Pakistan, or of naming any particular group that is involved.

However, sources told The Hindu that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s conversation with his Pakistan counterpart had been more candid.

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