Even as India and Pakistan on Thursday deferred their foreign secretary-level talks to a "very near future", Congress urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be "decisive and time bound" while dealing with the neighbouring country.

"The whole country stands united on the issue of cross-border terrorism. We want the Prime Minister to be decisive and time bound while dealing with Pakistan," party spokesman R P N Singh said.

Singh added that Pakistan should arrest and hand over Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) leader Masood Azhar, considered to be the mastermind behind several terror acts in India, to the country.

In well-coordinated moves, India and Pakistan on Thursday ensured that the Pathankot terror attack does not derail their engagement by mutually agreeing to a short deferment of Foreign Secretary-level talks and India giving the go-ahead to the visit of a Pakistan SIT.