India waiting for Pak action, says Rajnath

India waiting for Pak action, says Rajnath

Even as uncertainty continued over proposed meeting between foreign secretaries of the two nations on January 15, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that India still had no reason to distrust Pakistan and should wait for the government of the neighbouring country to act against the plotters of the recent terror attack at Pathankot in Punjab.

“The Pakistan government has said it will take effective action. I think we should wait,” Singh told journalists in Greater Noida near New Delhi. “There is no reason to distrust them (Pakistan) so early,” he added. He was replying to a question on Islamabad’s actions on the information New Delhi shared with Islamabad seeking actions against the Jaish-e-Mohammed operatives, who planned and coordinated the attack on the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot.

The home minister’s remark came just a day after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar talked tough and said that any individual or organization causing harm to India should also be made to feel the pain.

Islamabad constituted a joint investigation team, comprising officials of its three intelligence agencies, to probe into the alleged role of the JeM operatives in planning the attack on the IAF base at Pathankot in India. Pakistani media on Monday reported detention and arrest of some people suspected to have links with the recent terror attack in India, but neither Islamabad, nor New Delhi officially confirmed any such crackdown.

New Delhi on Tuesday continued to remain non-committal on Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s proposed visit to Islamabad on Friday and Saturday for a meeting with his counterpart A A Chaudhry. The meeting between the two foreign secretaries was to mark resumption of the stalled dialogue between India and Pakistan.

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