26 April, New Delhi
India Tuesday stressed on the need for early progress on Pathankot terror attack investigation as well as 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case trial in Pakistan.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar also brought up the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar in UN Sanctions Committee in his meeting with Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry in New Delhi .
In a statement, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the discussions between the two Foreign Secretaries were frank and constructive and both sides raised issues of concern to them. Mr Jaishankar clearly conveyed that Pakistan cannot be in denial on the impact of terrorism on the bilateral relationship.
The Foreign Secretary said terrorist groups based in Pakistan targeting India must not be allowed to operate with impunity.
India also pressed for immediate consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, former Naval officer abducted and taken to Pakistan. Sources said Mr Jaishankar also firmly rebutted allegations of India’s involvement in Balochistan or other areas.
He asked which spy agency would put their agent in the field with their own passport, and without a visa.
It was the first such formal meeting between the top diplomats of India and Pakistan after talks were deferred in January following the strike by Pakistani terrorists at Pathankot Airbase. The Pakistan Foreign Secretary is in New Delhi on a day-long visit to attend the Senior Officials Meeting of the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process.
Earlier, Jaishankar met Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai and discussed issues of mutual interests.
They discussed the situation in Afghanistan in context of deadly terrorist attack in Kabul on 18th of this month and the response of the international community to the continuing violence in Afghanistan.
Developments regarding the Chahbahar and Salma dam were also discussed along with India’s other development assistance and support to Afghanistan.