Ball of dialogue now in India’s court: Pakistan


ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: In the midst of immense uncertainty over foreign secretary-level talks after the Pathankot attack, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Thursday said that they are still waiting for India’s response.

Speaking to India Today, Sartaj Aziz said, “We are still waiting for India to suggest the dates for the foreign secretary-level talks. The ball is in India’s court.” The talks, which were to be held on January 15 in Islamabad, are mired in murky waters after the fatal Pathankot terror attack. While announcing the postponement, Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup had said that the two sides would meet very soon. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said his government is fully determined to expediting the implementation of a National Action Plan to eliminate terrorism and assured that all possible steps will be taken to root out the menace of terrorism.