Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar meeting his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry. (Photo: ANI)
India asked Pakistan to crack down on terrorist groups from its soil during talks between the foreign secretaries on Tuesday, the first high-level contact between the two sides since Pathankot airbase in January.
India also sought early progress in Pakistan’s investigation into the attack and trial of Mumbai terror attacks suspects.
During talks with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, foreign secretary S Jaishankar said Islamabad “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,” Jaishankar was quoted as saying in a statement by the external affairs ministry.
Chaudhry raised all outstanding issues and “emphasised that Kashmir remains the core issue that requires a just solution in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people”, according to a statement from the Pakistan high commission.
He also took up the “capture” of a purported RAW operative, Kulbhushan Jadhav, and expressed “serious concern over RAW’s involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi”. Such acts, Chaudhry said, “undermine efforts to normalise relations”.
Indian statementreferred to Jadhav as a “former naval officer abducted and taken to Pakistan” and said Jaishankar had “pressed for immediate consular access” to him.
Jaishankar also discussed on the issue of listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leader Masood Azhar under the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee.
China had recently blocked India’s bid to sanction Azhar, accused of masterminding the Pathankot attack, at the UN Security Council.
Foreign secretaries discussed on taking relationship forward and agreed to remain in touch.