De­ci­sion on talks be­tween In­dia and Pak likely to­day

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Sus­pense over sched­uled talks be­tween the for­eign sec­re­taries of In­dia and Pak­istan lin­gered on Wed­nes­day with the govern­ment wait­ing for Is­lam­abad to act against Jaishe-Mo­ham­mad mil­i­tants and its chief, Maulana Ma­sood Azhar, in con­nec­tion with a deadly at­tack on Pun­jab’s Pathankot air­base.

Sources said the di­a­logue slated for Jan­uary 15 hangs in the bal­ance but the govern­ment is ex­pected to make an an­nounce­ment on Thurs­day. PTI said late on Wed­nes­day quot­ing of­fi­cials that a de­ci­sion on the talks was de­ferred till the re­turn of NSA Ajit Do­val from Paris. “We need to ver­ify the ac­tion Pak­istan has taken on the ba­sis of the state­ment they made on Wed­nes­day,” sources said af­ter a meet­ing be­tween PM Naren­dra Modi and ex­ter­nal affairs min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj.

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