Action against terror priority over talks, says India

Action against terror priority over talks, says India

 The government on Wednesday made it clear that making Islamabad act against anti-India terror networks operating from Pakistan would take priority over New Delhi’s diplomatic engagement with the neighbouring country.

“In the aftermath of a terror attack, if you ask me what you give priority to, a terrorist attack or a diplomatic dialogue, I think the answer should be obvious,” said Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar. He made the remark, when a journalist asked him if the scheduling of his proposed meeting with Pakistan Foreign Secretary A A Chaudhry was linked to Islamabad’s action on information provided by New Delhi on the role of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) operatives in the January 1-4 terror attack on Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in Punjab.

Relationship with Pak

He also said that New Delhi would like to have a “normal” and “much more modern relationship” with Islamabad, but added that the neighbour would have to change its attitude on a number of issues of which terrorism remained a “central” one.

Jaishankar’s remark came on a day after the Consulate General of India at Jalalabad in Afghanistan came under a terrorist attack. The identity of the suicide bomber, who blew himself up near the consulate, and the two armed terrorists, who continued to spray bullets till security personnel gunned them down, are yet to be confirmed.

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