India on Thursday said the onus was on Pakistan to create conducive conditions for talks by steps such as taking action against terrorists and terror infrastructure operating from its soil.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar reiterated India’s stand that talks and terror cannot go together, saying that this was one of the reasons why a scheduled meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in New York had been cancelled.
Last month, the government had called off the meeting, barely 24 hours after agreeing to the engagement, citing the brutal killing of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir, and Islamabad releasing postage stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani.
Asked if there was any message or signal from the Pakistani side for talks, Kumar said, “I am not aware of any proposal for a track 1 or track 1.5 dialogue or a meeting between India and Pakistan.”
“The onus is on Pakistan to take credible steps, to create conducive conditions, for such talks, which of course means taking action against terrorists, taking action against terrorist infrastructure which operates from its soil,” he said. ENS