In their first formal meeting after the terror strike by Pakistani terrorists in Pathankot, Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan on Tuesday held talks in New Delhi focusing on a range of outstanding issues including the Pathankot probe and Kashmir dispute.
While the Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar emphasized on need for 'early and visible progress' on Pathankot attack probe and on 26/11 trial, his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry stressed on the fact that Kashmir remains the core issue.
Chaudhry pointed that Kashmir requires a just solution in accordance with UNSC resolutions and wishes of Kashmiri people.
In a statement released before the talks came to a conclusion, Pakistan High Commission said that their Foreign Secretary underscored Pakistan's commitment to have friendly relations with all its neighbors and that all outstanding issues including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute were discussed.
"We pressed for immediate consular access to Kulbhushan Yadav, former naval officer, abducted and taken to Pakistan," said Vikas Swarup, the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) spokesperson, reported ANI.
During the talks, Jaishankar conveyed that Pakistan cannot be in denial on the impact of terrorism on the bilateral relationship.
"Terrorist groups based in Pakistan targeting India must not be allowed to operate with impunity," Jaishankar said, according to a statement released by MEA.
India also took up the issue of listing of JeM chief Masood Azhar in the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee, the MEA informed.
Jaishankar firmly rebutted allegations of India's involvement in Balochistan or other areas, sources told ANI. Jaishankar asked which spy agency would put their agent in field with their own passport and without a visa.
Foreign Secretary Chaudhary, who arrived to attend the Heart of Asia conference, was received by Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
He later went to South Block to meet Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.
Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry arrives in Delhi to attend 'Heart of Asia' conference pic.twitter.com/AMgPpfbGZp
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According to DNA, India-Pakistan talk process was temporarily halted after the Pathankot attack and Pakistan envoy to India, Abdul Basit, said that talks have been suspended between the two countries.
Hence Tuesday's meeting in the sidelines of the conference was of great significance for the relationship between the two countries.
First Published On : Apr 27, 2016 13:20 IST