India on Thursday said that it was ready for cross-border talks with Pakistan but the ball was in the neighbouring country&’s court.
“No decision has been taken so far on India’s level of participation at SAARC Finance Ministers meet in Islamabad,” the External Affairs Ministry said.
“The ball is in Pakistan’s court,” the ministry said when asked whether India will accept Pakistan&’s invitation for talks.
India had on Wednesday rebuffed Pakistan’s proposal for foreign secretary-level talks on Kashmir asserting that terrorism was the main issue which needed to be addressed first.
India clearly told Pakistan that terror remained the core concern and the two countries needed to talk about it first.
Indo-Pak ties hit a new low after widespread violence broke out in Jammu and Kashmir following the killing of Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani on July 8.
On July 25, Indian authorities arrested Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Bahadur Ali in Jammu and Kashmir who officials said had sneaked in from Pakistan.
Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar summoned Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit on August 9 and issued a strongly worded demarche protesting against cross-border terrorism from Pakistan.