New Delhi: The Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan scheduled for later this month could be in serious jeopardy with strong indications that the government may call off the engagement if evidence emerges that Pakistan's state actors were complicit in the attack on Pathankot's air base.
A candlelight vigil held for the Pathankot martyrs in Mumbai on Wednesday. Pic/PTI
The National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has spoken to his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Khan Janjua and conveyed New Delhi's sentiment that action should be taken against the perpetrators.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) yesterday put the ball in Pakistan's court and said the future course of action would be decided after Islamabad's response to actionable intelligence provided with regard to the attack.
Addressing the media here, MEA official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the government's policy towards Pakistan is clear and consistent. “India wants friendly relations with all its neighbours, including Pakistan.
We have extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan, but we will not countenance cross-border terrorist attacks,” Swarup said.
He said that the attack has once again put renewed focus on the challenge posed by cross-border tterrorism.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that the conspiracy behind the Pathankot attack was hatched in Markaj, Pakistan, as per high-level official sources. Sources said the intelligence agencies have identified the mastermind who was controlling Asfaq Ahmed, Hafiz Abdul Shakur, Kashim Jan and Masood Azhar, the perpetrators of the Pathankot attack.