Meeting was ‘frank and constructive’: India


Says Pak cannot be in denial on impact of terrorism on bilateral ties


New Delhi, April 26: Emphasising on the need for swift progress in the Pathankot attack probe, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishanker on Tuesday told his Pakistan counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary that Islamabad cannot be in denial on the impact of terrorism on the bilateral relationship while asserting that the terrorist groups operating from their soil ‘must not be allowed to operate with impunity’.

Describing the meeting between the two Foreign Secretaries as ‘frank and constructive’, Ministry of External Affairs ( MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that the issue of listing Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar under the UN Security Council committee established under resolution 1267 was also brought up during the meeting.

“India’s Foreign Secretary emphasised the need for early and visible progress on the Pathankot terrorist attack investigation as well as the Mumbai case trial in Pakistan. He also brought up the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar in the UN 1267 sanction committee,” Swarup told the media here.

“Foreign Secretary Jaishankar clearly conveyed that Pakistan cannot be in denial on the impact of terrorism on the bilateral relationship. Terrorist groups based in Pakistan targeting India must not be allowed to operate with impunity,” he added.

Swarup said that Jaishankar also brought up the issue of India seeking consular access to former naval officer Kulbhushan Yadav, presently in a Pakistani prison on allegations of being a RAW operative.

“We pressed for immediate consular access of Kulbhushan Yadav, the former Naval officer, abducted and taken to Pakistan. The discussion also covered humanitarian issues, including those pertaining to fishermen and prisoners, people-to-people contact including religious tourism. The two FSs exchanged ideas on taking the relationship forward and agreed to remain in touch,” he said.

Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry today held bilateral talks in New Delhi focusing on a range of issues.

The two Foreign Secretaries are also believed to have deliberated on ways to take forward the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue (CBD) between both sides.