Date for Pak­istan, In­dia talks not fixed yet: FO

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

For­eign Of­fice spokesman Nafees Zakaria on Thurs­day said that no date has yet been fixed for For­eign Sec­re­taries level talks be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan.

Dur­ing weekly press briefing in Is­lam­abad, the FO spokesper­son said: "Di­a­logue is the only way to re­solve all the out­stand­ing is­sues with In­dia." He said both sides are in con­stant touch with each other at var­i­ous lev­els to fi­nalise date for talks.

Ear­lier, top di­plo­mats from both coun­tries were sched­uled to meet Is­lam­abad on Jan­uary 15 to set out a roadmap for talks on set­tling the Kash­mir dis­pute and other ir­ri­tants in their ties.

Later, Vikas Swarup, In­dia's Ex­ter­nal Affairs Min­istry spokesman, told re­porters that the meet­ing will now be held in "the very near fu­ture." He de­nied spec­u­la­tion that the talks would col­lapse be­cause of Pathankot in­ci­dent.

To a ques­tion, Nafees Zakaria both coun­ties are also in con­tact re­gard­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Pathankot ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent. When asked about IB re­port on Daesh net­work, the spokesper­son re­fused to com­ment on the is­sue, how­ever, he said there is no or­ga­nized pres­ence of Daesh ( Is­lamic State) in Pak­istan. He said Pak­istan is con­sis­tently and con­stantly sup­port­ing all re­gional ef­forts against ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism.

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