The External Affairs Ministry said Thursday that India will raise with Pakistan the issue of a balloon, which, government sources claimed, came from across the border and was shot down by an IAF fighter aircraft over Rajasthan on January 26. “The Defence Ministry has written to the MEA and we will raise it with Pakistan,” ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
He also said India and Pakistan have so far not been able to agree upon a “mutually convenient” date for the Foreign Secretary-level talks. On the progress of probe by Pakistan into the Pathankot terror strike, he said the two governments were in “continuous communication” regarding the matter, but refused to give further details.
He added that while it was decided that issues pertaining to terrorism would be handled by NSAs of the two countries, it was obvious that when the foreign secretaries meet, India would raise the Pathankot attack.