After Pathankot Attack, India Looks At Delaying Foreign Secretary Talks

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After Pathankot Attack, India Looks At Delaying Foreign Secretary Talks

New Delhi may choose to first ask for a consultation between National Security Advisers (NSAs) of both countries, top government sources have told NDTV.

New Delhi:  Talks scheduled for next week in Islamabad between the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan may be delayed by Delhi because of the deadly attack on the air force base in Pathankot which has martyred seven military personnel and injured 20.

The Foreign Secretary talks are scheduled for January 14 and 15. But top government sources tell NDTV that Delhi may choose to first ask for a consultation between National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Naseer Khan Janjua.

However, a final decision is expected in the next few days.

Five terrorists have been killed since the attack began on Saturday at dawn, the National Security Guard has said.

The attack on Pathankot, just 25 km from the border with Pakistan, came a week after a surprise visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, the first by an Indian premier in 12 years. The attack may have been carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed, according to security officers, based on an initial analysis. The Pakistan-based terror group is seeking independence for Kashmir.

Pakistan has condemned the attack and said it wanted to continue to build on the goodwill created by the impromptu meeting between Mr Modi and Mr Sharif last month.

The NSAs have been mandated by Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif to discuss countering terrorism, while the Foreign Secretaries are meant to discuss a roadmap for the new comprehensive dialogue.

The discussions on what to do next have been taking place at the highest levels with the PM meeting top officials including the NSA and the Foreign Secretary last night. PM Modi met senior ministers as well this morning.

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