Government says ‘talks’ ball in Pakistan court, seeks ‘prompt’ action

"Government's stand is very clear. It wants healthy relation with all its neighbours including Pakistan. However, the Pathankot attack has once again put renewed focus on challenge of cross-border terrorism," said Swarup.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 8, 2016 9:31 am
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Putting the “ball in Pakistan’s court” Thursday, New Delhi linked the Foreign Secretary-level talks to the “prompt” response Islamabad takes on “actionable intelligence” provided by India on the Pathankot attack.

Asked whether the January 15 talks between Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and his Pakistan counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry have been put off, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup said “there are eight days to go before January 15”.

“The terrorist attack on Pathankot airbase has once again put renewed focus on the challenges posed by cross-border terrorism. 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 to it,” Swarup told reporters.

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Referring to the telephone conversation between the two Prime Ministers Tuesday, Swarup said, “During that conversation, our Prime Minister very strongly urged the Prime Minister of Pakistan to take action.” In a statement Tuesday, the PMO said “actionable intelligence” regarding the terror attack had been provided to Pakistan. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assured Prime Minister Modi that his government would take prompt and decisive action against the terrorists,” the statement said.

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Asked if the NSAs of the two countries will meet ahead of the Foreign Secretary-level talks, Swarup said the matter has yet not been discussed. Underlining that the government’s Pakistan policy is “clear and consistent”, Swarup said the way forward will be dictated by the “prompt” response from Pakistan but there will be no deadline.

Stating that a positive atmosphere was created by Prime Minister Modi’s Pakistan visit last month, he said, “We had extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan but we will not countenance cross-border terrorist attacks. The decision to commence a bilateral comprehensive dialogue with Pakistan followed a constructive meeting of the National Security Advisors in Bangkok in which the central concerns of terrorism, peace and security and tranquility on the Line of Control were discussed.”

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    Radha K
    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:49 pm
    Our relaitionship with stan was very much strained because of Indira hi. SHE UNNECESSARILY INTERFERED IN THEIR COUNTRY AND SPLIT STAN , SUPPORTING BANGLADESH. That is why stan is so angry with India. After that SCAMGRESS did nothing to improve the ties - they were too busy counting the booty. Now Modi and Nawaz Sherif have taken right steps to normalize the relationship. This SCAMGRESS will do anything to foil this. this PIZZA MUMMY AND DABBHA DUMMY are enough to spoil this. People of India have to be watchful and see that these two aided by other scamgress crooks should not PLAY GAMES.
    1. मनीष
      Jan 8, 2016 at 3:14 am
      There are two types of Muslims: The Extremists and the Moderates. Technically there is no difference between them. The Extremists will cut your throat for not believing in pedophile M0h@m@d, and the Moderates would like Extremists cut your throat for not agreeing with them. Islam is a deadly disease, its followers should find a different religion or become atheist.
      1. R
        Jan 7, 2016 at 12:54 pm
        Every time there is terrorist attack on indian soil, sending communication, summoning Pak consulate is a routine affair. But what action or measures are taken to prevent such attacks in future is very important. Govt should think and act on these lines lest such things continue to happen. As a result our own trained soldiers loose lives. The need if the day is to immediately strengthen the security systems in the border areas.
        1. A
          Jan 8, 2016 at 5:43 am
          Beforementing on someone's charater , its better you first know about them. Please do not think your understanding and comment every foolishness you could. I request you not to comment on the prophet of Islam, if you really want to know who he is then read about him then comment and if you did not stop, you should know that Indian government has provided a rule according to I T act section 66, 153A,295. I can file non balaiable caon on such comments.
          1. A
            Jan 8, 2016 at 7:27 am
            Ha ha ha.. You are anno? So sad of you.. Grow up .. I'll bet you can't resist ... Try to read what is Islam !! You jerk don't have knowledge and comment here .. Its a callenge , try to read at least one book written on life of Muhammed pbun which is written by non muslims !! Try to read I bet this on you ... Try to read if you are a man !!
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              Bijan Mohanty
              Jan 7, 2016 at 3:10 pm
              First Govt. should act against the insiders whose complicity in drug racket led to terrorists sneaking in. The role of Pathankote SP is highly suious and his statements as appearing in media are consistently inconsistent. We should first take action against our own black sheep who are helping the enemy.
              1. K
                Jan 7, 2016 at 10:38 pm
                The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, and his equally uneducated cabinet colleagues are letting down India very badly. They have no education. They have no abilities to prevent the free-fall of India's economy. In the past India was fortunate to have such genius economists as Mr Manmohan Singh. But the 31% of the voters who brought the dokhla-bhai to power have created a huge problem for India. India must prepare itself for the next Lok Sabha elections. Send the selfie-chaser Gujjubhai back to selling chai and dokhla at the railway stations. India must get ready to welcome Mr Nitish Kumar as the next PM. Mr Nitish Kumar has cl and substance. The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, is only good to run after the goras for selfies, and provide photoshopped black to pink images of himself to the media. Is is purely disgusting. Even the political leaders of Nepal and Maldives are too dignified to run after the goras for selfies.
                1. K
                  Jan 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm
                  Nawaz did not authorize it and he cannot stop it, so whatever India needs to do is in its ball court. High ranking talk leads to nothing, the Israelis found out that it is futile to talk to Muslims who are on the mission to destroy other cultures, here is a lesson for Indian leaders to take. India first needs to punish those people in the political and police level who facilitated this to happen, there is a big drug trade in which the Indian politicians are involved. Unless India cleans up its act there cannot be any safety for the soldiers and citizens.
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