India has stated that planned talks with Pakistan will go ahead only if Islamabad takes action against the militants behind the deadly assault on the Pathankot air base in which 7 Indian troops were killed in the gun battle.
Indian troops killed six militants during the 4-day battle at the Punjab base near the Pakistan border.
Though dates have not officially been announced, reports say Foreign Secretaries of both sides are due to hold peace talks in March in Islamabad.Vikas Swarup of the Ministry of External Affairs said the Pathankot terror attack has put renewed focus on cross-border terrorism, and even as India wants friendly relations with all its neighbours including Pakistan, India will not tolerate cross-border terror.
In a recent call Mr Nawaz Sharif promised that Pakistan would take prompt and decisive action against the terrorists.
Earlier the United Jihad Council – a coalition of over a dozen militant groups claimed that its ‘national highway squad’ was behind the attack.