India never shied ....
from terror and violence,” spokesperson for India’s ministry of external affairs, Vikas Swarup, was quoted as saying by ANI.
Sartaj on Thursday had said India was finding excuses to avoid resumption of a structured dialogue with Pakistan on all issues, including the longstanding Kashmir dispute.
“This old narrative is not a very good excuse to avoid meaningful engagement,” said Sartaj while responding to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks that “it was hard to decide who to speak to about peace in Islamabad implying that the civil and military leadership was not on the same page vis-à-vis relationship with New Delhi.” Swarup claimed his country’s foreign secretary was prepared in January this year to hold initial discussion on modalities of the comprehensive bilateral dialogue with his Pakistani counterpart.
However, he added, the attack Pathankot airbase put the dialogue process on the backburner. “Now we await complete investigation on the Pakistani side.” Regarding Mumbai terror attack case, Swarup said Indian government was committed to providing cooperation to Pakistan.—ANI