Indo-Pak talks still on, says Ajit Doval

New Delhi: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval yesterday flatly denied that he gave an interview to a national daily, where he stated that the upcoming Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary level talks have been cancelled over the Pathankot attack. "I speak to journalists every day. But I do not remember giving any such interview. I strongly deny that I made such a statement," Doval said. However, the online version of the daily carried out an interview on Monday with Doval, where he has been quoted as saying that the NSA-level talks have been cancelled and the situation will remain same until Islamabad comes through in the Pathankot probe.

Ajit Doval
Ajit Doval

"India has cancelled the 15 January Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary level talks. No peace talks now till Pakistan takes action against Pathankot terrorists and India is satisfied with Pakistan’s efforts. There will be no talks before action," Doval had said.

Sushma meets Rajnath
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, amid the uncertainty over the Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks scheduled in Islamabad on January 15. According to official sources, the 20-minute one-on-one meeting was held on a request of Swaraj. Offices of both Singh and Swaraj did not comment on the issues discussed between the two.

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