India on Thursday said that it is not derailing the January 15 foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan, but Islamabad needs to act on its assurance of “prompt and decisive action” on the Pathankot terror attack.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that India has provided Pakistan with actionable intelligence and is awaiting the response from the neighbouring country. “The ball is in Pakistan&’s court,” Swarup said addressing a media briefing here.
“The Pathankot attack has once again put renewed focus on the challenge of cross-border terrorism. Our policy towards Pakistan has been consistent. India wants friendly relations with Pakistan but India will not tolerate cross-border terrorism,” he added.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his telephonic talk with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday had provided details of the Pakistani links to the terror attack on the Pathankot Indian Air Force base. Sharif had promised a prompt response. “We are awaiting that prompt response,” Swarup said, declining to put any time line to the action by Pakistan.
“We are not setting any deadline… but we have provided actionable intelligence to Pakistan. We are looking for prompt response by Pakistan and we have been assured that they will act on that,” he added.
"It will be premature for me to say anything more at this point," Swarup said when pressed further for India’s stand on talks. He said there are still some days to go before January 15. “We are not derailing the talks”, he added.
He said India is “dealing with a difficult situation” following the Pathankot terror attack.
The Pathankot terror attack, which came close on the heels of the Lahore visit by Prime Minister Modi, has put a big question mark on the resumption of the dialogue process, which was announced by both the countries last month.
The terror attack on the forward air base left seven Indian security personnel, including commandos, dead while six terrorists were also killed in the over 56-hour standoff. The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed is suspected to be behind the attack.