Ball in Pak's court, will wait for Islamabad's action against Pathankot attackers: MEA
India wants friendly relations with Pakistan, but we will not accept cross border terrorism: MEA.
New Delhi: Reiterating that India wants friendly relations with all its neighbours, Indian External Affairs Ministry on Thursday said that the proposed foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan will depend on the action Islamabad takes on the “actionable intelligence” that India has provided to them.
“India wants friendly relations with Pakistan, but we will not accept cross border terrorism. We now await prompt and decisive action from Pakistan,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
“PM Modi has spoken to Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif who assured us prompt response,” Swarup said adding, “Ball is now in Pakistan's court.”
“It will be premature for me to say anything more at this point,” regarding the talks, Swarup said.
He said that “Immediate issue is Pakistan's response to Pathankot attack, which has once again renewed focus on the challenge of cross-border terror.”
“We are not imposing any deadline on Pakistan but we expect prompt action,” Swarup said.
“We are waiting for Pakistan to take action on the actionable intelligence we have shared with them. So far we have no information if Pakistan has already started taking action against culprits,” the official said.
Swarup said that India won't compromise on cross-border terror and the dialogue with Pakistan is aimed at “peace and tranquillity”.
He said that “Friendship won't be at cost of cross-border terrorism.”
A positive atmosphere was created after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Lahore. Now New Delhi has a difficult situation in hand following the Pathankot attack.